Shamik Das

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dove of peace emerges from its slumber

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2007: Ehud Olmert, George Bush and Mahmoud Abbas at the Annapolis summit in Michigan.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 1993: Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat shake hands on the White House lawn.

FOURTEEN years on from the historic signing of the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn, renewed hope emerged today of finally ending the Israel/Palestine dispute.

President Bush, flanked by Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas talked peace at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Many issues still remain to be resolved: The future of Jerusalem, the 4.5million Palestinian refugees, the 450,000 Isreali settlers in the West Bank ...

But at least they're talking.

One can only pray that sometime soon the dream of a Palestinian state neighbouring a secure Israel will finally be realised, with the help, of course, of Tony Blair, newly appointed Middle East peace envoy.

Gentlemen, we salute you.


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