What’s in store for Israel?

Rocket Man, I don’t know whether the Administration will sell out Israel, but you probably won’t be surprised to read that, like Trunk, I’m not sanguine. You may well be right that President Bush “sees the peace process for what it is,” but I don’t think he’ll be able to resist pushing Israel back into that process. In dealing with Iraq, Bush yielded on process while remaining rock-solid on substance. If this form holds, we might expect Bush to support the renewal of the “peace process” based on the pretense of Palestinian reform, but to stop short of selling Israel out once the process commences. However, it is easier to be rock-solid when one’s own interests are directly at stake than when someone else’s are. I suspect that if the Palestinians play their cards the right way, they could make out very well. That’s a big “if” though


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