Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Annapolis: First Reactions
I was concerned, however, about one statement made by Olmert, when he said, in addressing the Arab delegates: "There is quite a lot that separates us. There are memories, there is a heritage, that do not emanate from the same historical roots. We have different ways of living, different customs." Not to say there isn't a reality--but I would think that this would be the opportunity to stress the reality of Israel as a Middle Eastern state, part and parcel of the Levant, and not to emphasize differences.
Reuters has published some "rapid reaction" from Israelis and Palestinians, most of whom seem either pessimistic or downright negative about the prospects for finding an agreement.