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May 28, 2003

Even the Israeli's, it seems, are unsure what Sharon is up to these days.

What we can rely on is more postponements of the peace talks and the very real possibility of the plan going the way of all the previous peacemaking initiatives. Being discarded.

Cynical? Well check this report from the Washington Post:

"Sharon's acceptance of the road map has the earmarks of a move made to deflect American pressure -- more precisely, to maintain the political friendship that Bush and Sharon present as a glowing and productive one that helps each electorally.

And the road map has loopholes galore. Its formal acceptance could well be the high point of its utility, after which it could join the Jarring mission, the Rogers plan, Camp David II and other high-minded exercises in the graveyard of failed comprehensive Middle East peace initiatives.

Such plans are offered up periodically to propitiate the merciless anger of the region, to encourage talking instead of shooting -- even if only for a while. The road map belongs to the tradition of the caring cynicism of peacemaking in the Holy Land."

Its all part of being tricky. But Big Kim has his finger on the pulse of the Middle East. He knows that the Sharon government is serious about moving on negotiations within a viable frameworkand that they "absolutely accept a two-state solution."

I'm still sceptical.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:34 PM | | Comments (0)