"And when liberty takes root in Iraqi soil of the West Bank and Gaza, it will inspire millions across the Middle East who want their societies built on freedom and peace and hope."
- according to the Jerusalem Post:
He also said:
"Our purpose here in Annapolis is not to conclude an agreement. Rather, it is to launch negotiations ....."
(Giving Israel more time to build walls, divisive roads, steal the water, and settle Russians in 'the Palestinian homeland'.)
"The emergence of responsible Palestinian leaders has given Israeli leaders the confidence they need ...."
(Abu Mazen, I told you I need three cubes of ice in my whisky, not two!)
"Second, the time is right because a battle is underway for the future of the Middle East - and we must not cede victory...."
(And we won't, even if we've built the biggest ever helicopter rescue pad on earth in the middle of Baghdad)
"President Abbas and his government....are offering the Palestinian people....a homeland of their own...."
(Or whatever is left of where they've been living for countless generations already)
"We're here because....We're here because....We're here."
"For these negotiations to succeed, the Palestinians must do their part. "
(Shut up and die)
"The United States will help Palestinian leaders build these free institutions - and the United States will keep its commitment to the security of Israel as a Jewish state and homeland for the Jewish people. "
(The United States has recently shown the whole world exactly how it builds its own 'free institutions'. Think Guantanamo.)
"The task begun here at Annapolis will be difficult. This is the beginning of the process, not the end of it - and no doubt a lot of work remains to be done. Yet the parties can approach this work with confidence. The time is right. The cause is just. And with hard effort, I know they can succeed. "
(Now where have I ever heard that crap before, during half a century of 'negotiations'?)
"President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert, I pledge to devote my effort during my time as ..."
(..an alcoholic lame duck...)
"Thanks for coming. May God bless their work"
It's now Wednesday, 28 November 2007. I predict, with some confidence, that the Israeli delegation will return home, recover a little from jet lag, and launch a Shock 'n Awe campaign on Gaza by this weekend, and no-one will give a shit, because 'the Palestinians, once again, haven't done their part'.
To all of those who predicted this flim-flam would be a failure, I can only retort:
"Did you think it would be as bad as this?"