Bush administration must re-examine its Middle East policies

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

In his meeting with Sharon today, President Bush has the opening to put the peace process back on track by pressuring his Israeli guest into abandoning Israel's long-held positions that have played the major role to stall the negotiations.

It has been always well-known that a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires a U.S. comprehensive involvement ... but the problem is that Washington's role started from a partisan attitude that favors the Israelis' policies on core issues of occupation, settlement and rejection of U.N. resolutions.

But with continuous deterioration of conditions in Iraq ... Washington's engagement in the Arab-Israeli conflict seems now more critical than other time.

(The Bush administration seems now in) urgent need for a place where it can declare success. Therefore, a re-examination of America's attitudes towards the Middle East issues and a major shift in its policy seem urgent and badly needed.

Syria Times, Damascus

July 29

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