The Annapolis summit meets today. The Olmert government in Israel is too weak to enforce any unpopular decisions, such as dividing Jerusalem or evacuating the West Bank (biblical mountains of Samaria and Ephraim). The Abbas government in the West Bank is in like position, because it is teetering on the edge of being overrun by Hamas as they did in Gaza. I wonder if that will open the door to international (UN) involvement, which would be disastrous for Israel as the UN is virulently anti-Semitic. In any case, there are concerns that a failed Annapolis summit will be just the excuse the Palestinian militants will grab to begin another round of violence against Israel.
A flare up in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict might be just the excuse the greater Middle East will grab to begin an all out war against Israel. Syria was busy building a nuclear weapons facility (erroneously reported in the media as a nuclear reactor) that the IDF bombed in September; but the UN just reported that Hezbollah is fully rearmed in Southern Lebanon to pre-2006 war levels, this time with more advanced weapons. Of course, Iran continues to mouth its threats. The PLO and Arab members of the Israeli Knesset also announced they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. You do not make peace accords with people who refuse to recognize your right to exist; you strengthen your hand so that they are deterred from foolishly trying to force your non- existence. As President Reagan advocated, Peace through Superior Firepower (and I might add, the will to use it if necessary). Well, giving away land does not strengthen you, it weakens you; and it enlarges the base of operations for your enemies. If even I know that, then why don’t Bush, Rice, and Olmert?