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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It is a statement in and of itself when you have officials from 49 nations gather for a one-day conference on Middle East peace.

From The New York Times:

[Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas,] shook hands with [Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel] and Mr. Bush and then pointedly and emotionally put all of the most divisive issues squarely at the center of the talks that are scheduled to begin on Dec. 12.

“I am not making an overstatement, Mr. President, if I say that our region stands at a crossroad that separates two historical phases: pre-Annapolis phase and post-Annapolis phase,” Mr. Abbas said. “I say that this opportunity might not be repeated. And if it were to be repeated, it might not enjoy the same unanimity and impetus.”

When Mr. Olmert spoke, he too was emotional and highly personal. “We want peace,” he said. “We demand an end to terror, an end to incitement and to hatred. We are prepared to make a painful compromise, rife with risks, in order to realize these aspirations.”

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