Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Failure of Annapolis, December 5, 2007

by Stephen Zunes

Despite the best efforts by the Bush administration of putting a positive spin on the recently completed summit in Annapolis to restart the "Performance-Based Road Map to Peace," there is little reason to expect that it will actually move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward as long as the United States insists on simultaneously playing the role of chief mediator and chief supporter of the more powerful of the two parties.

Though the Road Map was originally put together in 2002 as an international effort – with the United Nations, Russia, and the European Union (which take a more balanced approach to the conflict) on equal footing with the United States – it's the United States alone that is now in charge of monitoring the process. According to text of the Annapolis agreement, "implementation of the future peace treaty will be subject to the implementation of the road map, as judged by the United States" (emphasis added).

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