Posted by: Tony Carson | 30 June, 2007

Bush, Israel and those neocons

As James Zogby reports in Huffington Post, it was five years ago that US President George Bush delivered the speech that outlined his “vision“ for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What is remembered about that speech is Bush’s support for an independent state of Palestine, but …

“What is forgotten are the bizarrely unrealistic and one-sided preconditions that the President imposed on Palestinians in that speech, that made a Palestinian state an impossible and unrealizable goal. What the speech reflected, in fact, was the victory of neo-conservatives over realists in the U.S. approach to the Middle East peace process — and with that, the end of the peace process, itself.”

While it is always difficult to track the thinking behind the US’s automatic and unconditional support of Israel, Zogby has a good handle on the reasons behind Bush’s convoluted and changing positions. 

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