The Mideast peace summit in Annapolis is finally underway and not a moment too soon…
It would not be an exaggeration to say that over the past few weeks, expectations for this meeting have been significantly scaled back and skepticism has run rampant. I realize the temptation to give into cynicism is strong – Bush, Olmert and Abbas might well be called the” coalition of the weak” and Rice’s last minute efforts do smack of end-of-the-term desperation. (Why, oh why did this administration wait SEVEN YEARS before showing any sign of interest in the Mideast peace process?!)
Still, tempting as it might be to indulge our skepticism, we do so at our peril. Clearly Annapolis itself will not produce a comprehensive agreement, but it can and must be the opening to serious engagement by all who are committed to a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine. Yes, the work that lays ahead is daunting – but the prospect of failure is simply too terrible to contemplate.
Click here for further insights on the stakes of Annapolis, as well as specific steps you can take to help voice your support of this effort.