Look at this and think about the big picture in the middle east.
Bush: "We meet to lay the foundation for the establishment of a new nation -- a democratic Palestinian state that will live side by side with Israel in peace and security. "We meet to help bring an end to the violence that has been the true enemy of the aspirations of both the Israelis and Palestinians. We're off to a strong start."
Olmert: "I have no doubt that the reality created in our region in 1967 will change significantly. While this will be an extremely difficult process for many of us, it is nevertheless inevitable. I know it. Many of my people know it. We are ready for it." "We want peace. We demand an end to terror, incitement and hatred. We are willing to make a painful compromise, rife with risks in order to realize these aspirations." "There is no Muslim state with which we do not want to establish diplomatic relations. Anyone who wants peace with us, we say to them, from the bottom of our hearts, 'Ahalan Wa'Sahlan' (Welcome)."
Quotes from Annapolis
Today the expected reaction: Arab commentators on Wednesday dismissed the relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian talks as a U.S.-staged media event unlikely to lead to Middle East peace. Some argued that U.S. President George W. Bush's real aim in convening Tuesday's conference in Annapolis, Maryland, was to rescue his image after failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, or to persuade Arab states their deadliest foe was Iran, not Israel.
I have to agree with them because they are right on. They got the message that Bush thinks he is the policeman of the middle east, is responsible for their safety and stability, and that Iran is their enemy not Israel. They know just the opposite. They know Bush will not press Israel as he is all for them.
Has Bush ever succeeded in dividing the middle east: Mohamed al-Sayed Said, deputy director of Cairo's Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, queried Bush's understanding of the Middle East and his commitment to peace. "He is totally biased toward Israel and in his speech explained the maladies of the region only by reference to what he considered fanatics or extremists," Said said.
Ahmadinejad throws his venom in too: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the U.S.-brokered Mideast peace conference was a "failure" and that Israel is doomed to "collapse," lashing out at the Annapolis gathering that many saw as aimed at isolating Iran. "It is impossible that the Zionist regime will survive. Collapse is in the nature of this regime because it has been created on aggression, lying, oppression and crime," Ahmadinejad said after a Cabinet meeting, according to state-run television.
Ahmadinejad has raised controversy in the West with past predictions of Israel's eventual destruction, including a comment saying it should be "wiped off" or "disappear" from the map — and even critics at home said his inflammatory speeches were needlessly provoking the West against Iran. Ahmadinejad says Israel is Doomed
** It was obvious to me that Abbas and Olmert sincerely want Peace but they are overlooking two very important things that will blow up in their faces. They may in the end have Peace temporarily between the two Nations. However, they forget Bush may want their two countries peacefully sided by side but
2. Iran's leaders amongst others do not want bush's new order they want theirs and will fight to the end to get it. When all is said and done the entire middle east will be embroiled because of Bush and when the rest of the world steps in to help Iran Bush will get his reason to take on the world and replace the disorder he created with his version of new world order or so he thinks.