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Downplaying Annapolis

The Annapolis middle east summit will not live up to its original, over-ambitious goals. But might there be signs of progress nonetheless?

By Gideon Lichfield   December 2007

The Israelis and Palestinians have at last found something to agree on: the Annapolis summit taking place on 27th November will be a failure. The pro-Palestinian lobby thinks the meeting could have pinned down some commitments on the shape of a Palestinian state, but Israeli obfuscation leached out all the goodness until it became a bland, mushy photo-op. The pro-Israel crowd thinks it is a pointless diplomatic exercise, carried out mainly for the sake of George W Bush and Condoleezza Rice’s political legacies.

Up to a point, they’re both right. Annapolis will fall far short of its original goals; and…

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