What Tangible Results Are Necessary for the Annapolis Conference To Be Deemed a Success?

Posted by Frederick Jones
November 15, 2007
Aerial Photo of Jerusalem

The United States hosted a conference in Annapolis, Maryland November 27 with the hopes of mapping out the political horizon for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. The conference also served as a launching point for further negotiations between the parties.

What tangible results are necessary for the Annapolis Conference to be deemed a success?

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Myra
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New York, USA
November 26, 2007

Myra in New York writes:

The Arab nations have to believe that Israel has a right to exist, and that returning to the '67 borders is not going to happen. Look at the map. Look at the vast amount of land that is Arabic. Look at the tiny piece of land that is Israel.

Maurice
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Maryland, USA
November 26, 2007

Maurice in Maryland writes:

The purpose of this meeting is to make Israel non-viable. It is being used to that end by a Secretary of State who is a puppet for the U.S.-Saudi Oil Mafia.

The only good outcome would be a failure so total that Condoleeza Rice is utterly and permanently discredited and disgraced.

alex
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United States
November 26, 2007

Alex in U.S.A. writes:

The only road to peace is to defeat and expel Arabs from Judea, Samaria and Gaza. They will never accept Jews living as equal in their midst. The "peace" process started in 1993 by Israeli left brought murderers from Tunis and enormous suffering to Jews and Arabs. The Conference is one more step in cornering Israel into unbearable in terms of security situation facilitated by current Israeli government. It will bring more terror and destruction into Israel.

Le A.
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Nevada, USA
November 26, 2007

Le Ann in Nevada writes:

The peace process with Arabs is futile until they recognize that Israel exists as a Jewish state.

JOE
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Tennessee, USA
November 26, 2007

Joe in Tennessee writes:

What tangible results are necessary for the Annapolis Conference to be deemed a success?

I would like to say: Any talk is better than none.

I’m afraid Cheney’s ex-advisor, David Wurmser, is right: It’s rigged for Iran to win, on top of which any failure on the part of the Bush administration will be used as a political hammer in the elections 14 months from now. I would opt to have ex President Clinton there for political purposes as well as “total” representation. It would also “level” their playing field. It is meaningless without a two party representation of the U.S. government with the elections coming up. Don't let it be hindsight.

Our President has done more to offer the olive branch with dignity than any other in quite a while, barring “blackmail” payments of past administrations.

I would keep in mind an old Arabic saying: “We will let them set the table, but we will serve the meal.”

Tell John, I’m back and I’m in if he wants me. I was framed well...he should know it, look at who was involved.

yonaton
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Florida, USA
November 26, 2007

Yonaton in Florida writes:

Nothing good will come of this; not for the "Palestinian" Arabs, not for America, and certainly not for Israel.

I don't know what madness is possessing our leaders.

How can they not see that taking Israel's land and giving it to our mutual enemy to form a terror super-state is not only one of the most morally reprehensible acts of all time, but will dramatically undermine America's security in the bargain?

What they want to take, they call the "West Bank." But, in reality it is Judaea and Samaria, the heart of the heart of Biblical and Modern Israel. Why does America want to rip out Israel's heart just to appease the pioneers of airline hijacking and suicide bombing without whom 9/11 (which they celebrated) would not have been possible?

Israel has foolishly bent over backward to appease those savage monsters. And the Arabs haven't kept a single detail of even one of the myriad agreements they have signed. Yet Israel is punished, and terrorists are rewarded. For what?!

G-d help us that they abandon the folly, because if they don't, He certainly won't.

Bob
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Indiana, USA
November 26, 2007

Bob in Indiana writes:

It would be refreshing if someone publically spoke the truth about Abbas, the Palestinians, and terrorism. The invitees are very unlikely to rise to this level, so, for them and us, it's best that nothing happen at all.

Bill N.
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Canada
November 26, 2007

Bill in Canada writes:

Peace discussions between Palestinians and Israel within the context of the land for peace and two state solution paradigm have failed in large part because they have been grounded on notions of peace through the weakness of appeasement rather then peace through strength and on willful blindness, delusions and illusions that have been have all been geared to advancing Western and American interests far more then they have been devised to advance Israeli interests.

If the Bush administration looks behind the Palestinians' and Arabs' English words for the West and instead to what their leaders, pundits, and imams are really saying and writing about in Arabic in the Fatah founding charter which is essentially the same as the Hamas charter, their media, their educational programs and their mosques and further stops being willfully blind to the fact that the Palestinians have not kept their word on any promise to or agreement with Israel, then Bush administration, if it has any shred of honesty, decency and courage left, might finally forthrightly admit that the issue for the Arabs and the Palestinians is not and has never been about the size of Israel, but rather it has always and only been about Israel's very existence.

Such admission on the part of the Bush administration would be a very good beginning for peace discussions to go forward that really do have a chance of success because those discussions would proceed hereafter within the context of a new peace paradigm that recognizes these hard and difficult realities for what they are.

yonaton
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Florida, USA
November 26, 2007

Yonaton in Florida writes:

@ SNP in Syria -- ...proves that there are sane and honest people in the Muslim world. My guess, or at least hope, is that they are probably in the majority.

The hidden evil of a conference like this is that it empowers the tyrants and is an abandonment of the very people our leaders pretend to be concerned with.

Thanks, SNP, for demonstrating, probably better than anyone outside that region, what a demented fantasy this conference is, and all similar have been.

Israel
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New York, USA
November 26, 2007

Israel in New York writes:

You know, the President has been really good with national security of the United States of America. I would like to see him extend the same concern to our allied countries. The Arabs have attacked the Jewish people in Israel long before the founding of the State of Israel. In 1929, Arabs rioted and murdered 67 Jews in just one day in Hebron. Between the years of 1936 and 1938, 510 Jewish men, women, and children were slaughtered by Arabs. Today the Arabs claim their “jihad” is to get the lands that Israel liberated is 1967. But how did Israel get that land? Because the Arabs started a war with Israel, Israel reacted to defend themselves. When you attack a country and you lose, you lose. There is no going back. Next time do not start a war.

When Mexico attacked the U.S.A. over Texas, and the U.S. won, Texas remains ours. The Mexicans have no claim to the land. They attacked us, we won, now it’s ours. That is how life works.

It is disgraceful that a President so concerned with national security, a President who truly understands what is needed to secure our country, a president that understand negotiating with terrorists only makes them stronger proposes that an ally take action that will hurt national security of the State of Israel.

Israel gave away land in 2005 at the encouragement of the President. The land that Israel gave to the Arabs is being used to launch rockets into Israel EVERY SINGLE DAY. Peace was promised, but was not fulfilled.

It is time that the President and this great country support Israel and encourage Israel to take action to make it stronger. Let the President focus on continuing to bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq, countries which we rightfully invaded, yet owe to them our utmost commitment in assisting them to rebuild our countries.

I pray that the USA remain a strong and secure country and that the USA and President wish the same of Israel and won’t encourage any action which may deteriorate any securities of the State of Israel.

Rufus G.
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United Kingdom
November 26, 2007

Rufus in U.K. writes:

Palestinians need to end their incitement to violence and martyrdom in their press and media.

At the moment there is not even a 1% chance of agreement, because Abbas has not prepared the Palestinian street to accept any recognition of Israel.

Muslims need to accept Jews and Christians as equal human beings, not "dhimmi."

Merrill
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Illinois, USA
November 26, 2007

Merill in Illinois writes:

President Bush has to announce that he has tried, but after all it is not possible to carve another arab country out of Judea and Samaria. He should announce that the idea of Israeli concessions had the full support of Ehud Olmert and Tzippi Livni, thereby discrediting their continued viability with the Israeli electorate.

He should call for adoption of the Elon plan, with annexation by Israel of Judea, Samaria and Gaza; liberation of Arabs from the so-called "refugee camps" (and abolition of UNRWA); Jordanian citizenship for the Arabs of Judea and Samaria; and Egyptian citizenship for the Arabs of Gaza.

President Bush should state that never again will Israel be forced to free terrorists from its jails or uproot Jewish communities.

Finally, President Bush should state that he has requested that Israel rename itself as "The Jewish State of Israel", with full rights for all of its citizens.

Oh, and President Bush should call for formation of a coalition to eliminate Iran's efforts at creating nuclear weapons by military force.

This would make the Annapolis conference a success.

Earl
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California, USA
November 26, 2007

Earl in California writes:

The Annapolis Conference will be a success if the U.S.:

1. Finally realizes that Israel is incontestably in the right and agrees unreservedly to support it fully. This means: no return to the pre-June 1967 armistice lines (erroneously referred to as "borders"), no "return" of the Golan Heights to Syria, no "return" of the "occupied territories" to "Palestine", no "return" of Arab "refugees" to Israel, no compensation paid to such "refugees", and no division of Jerusalem. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel and under its exclusive control (this includes the Temple Mount from which the Muslim Waqf must be expelled).

2. Finally realizes that all of the Arab countries are anti-Semitic, racist, genocidal terrorist-enabling regimes, stops supporting them, and actively works to fight against them. This includes Saudi Arabia in particular, which is the source of most of the Islamic terrorism that is plaguing the world today. The US should do everything it can to see that the present Saudi regime is overthrown.

3. Cuts off the $2 billion a year it gives Egypt unless they implement all of their obligations under the Camp David agreements.

4. Cuts off diplomatic and economic relations with all regimes that do not recognize the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.

5. Engineers the overthrow of the Syrian regime.

6. Gives Israel full support (diplomatic, military and economic) to completely destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the "West Bank"), including the complete extirpation of Hamas, Fatah, the PA, and all other terrorist groups, up to and including a re-occupation of these areas if militarily necessary.

7. Gives Israel full support (diplomatic, military and economic) to destroy Hizballah in Lebanon.

8. Immediately fires Condoleezza Rice and replaces her with John Bolton, giving him free reign and full authority to clean out the Augean Stables, otherwise known as the State Department, in any way he sees fit. All State Department officials, past and present, who are agents of Arab regimes should be put on trial for treason.

9. Promptly moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

10. Gives Israel full support in its efforts to extract just compensation from all of the Arab countries from which the Jews were expelled post-1948. There were roughly about 1 million such refugees, who were robbed of everything they owned. The Arab states owe them billions upon billions of dollars.

11. Assists Israel in the destruction of Iran's nuclear program.

12. Bulldozes the UN building into the East River.

This should do for starters. I will contact you again when I think of more ideas. But for the Annapolis conference to be considered a success, the above mentioned 12 points are the minimum requirement.

PETER S.
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United Kingdom
November 26, 2007

Peter in U.K. writes:

That Abbas clearly in English and in Arabic renounces terrorism against Israel on the part of the Palestinian people and the same message is verifiably delivered locally to Palestinian media and in schools instead of the current diet of hate and goes on to accept and recognize Israel as the Jewish State in both languages. Of course, I realize there is zero chance that this will happen, which is why Annapolis is doomed right from the start as a failure as all it will do is encourage further terrorism -the more prisoners that Israel releases the more Palestinians realize there is no penalty for terrorism, only rewards in terms of EU and U.S. aid!

yonaton
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Florida, USA
November 26, 2007

Yonaton in Florida writes:

Why doesn’t Mr. Bush know this?
http://youtube.com/watch?v=cd5aA_kIDzY

Just what are our leaders thinking?

Eileen
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United States
November 26, 2007

Eileen writes:

Really, is this a trick question? Who in their right mind would even attempt to negotiate with people who do not even have the courtesy to accept a handshake? Shame on Mr. Bush and a greater shame on the coward Olmert.

Mary
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California, USA
November 26, 2007

Mary in California writes:

To be such a dismal failure that when presidential contenders list departments that they want to wipe out and start over, that they would include the state department on that list. That would be nice and long over due.

Rona
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United Kingdom
November 26, 2007

Rona in U.K. writes:

Tangible results from the Annapolis must include guaranteeing a safe, peaceful and secure future for Israel. Otherwise the conference will be a total disaster, not a success, and will lead to war, not peace.

If Israel is weakened and forced to make disproportionate concessions, this would be a blunder on the scale of the misguided Appeasement policy of the 1930s.

The Palestinians and surrounding Arab countries (to say nothing of Iran) continue their daily incitement of hatred against Israel and Jews. They openly declare the ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel. They often mock concessions as signs of weakness.

If, after the Annapolis conference, the Arab world perceives Israel as more vulnerable, surrounding countries may well be encouraged to try (yet again) to push the Jews into the sea.

Annapolis will be a success only if the Arab world can be convinced that Israel is here to stay, and has the same rights as any other nation. Then all the peoples of the area, including the Palestinians, can benefit from peace and get on with their lives.

Patrick
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Nevada, USA
November 26, 2007

Patrick in Nevada writes:

I really cannot see a tangible outcome from this conference. Not to sound like a doomsayer, but the Israeli's and Palestinians have deeply entrenched belief systems, that have divided them not only from a Ideological perspective, but geographically as well. Attempts by the United States and it's allies to orchestrate a peace process, has only failed in the end. I think the key to peace in that region, is to have both Israeli and Palestinian people's perform tasks together in both communities to achieve a common goal, i.e. building the infrastructure of the communities, educating the youth of both Israeli's and Palestinians in the same classrooms. I think that this segregation will continue to keep these neighbors as strangers, with little understanding of the other. That's what keeps progress from happening.

Ben
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United Kingdom
November 26, 2007

Ben in U.K. writes:

For those who do not understand Arabic and do not know the Quran should be made aware that any and all agreements made between Muslims and unbelievers are considered null & void and are only a means to deceive and lull the unbelievers into thinking the Muslims are sincere.

This is called Taqiyah/ Islamic subterfuge.

If you do not believe what i am saying, all you need to do is to go to Google and type Taqiyah in and find all the answers with all the references.

MAD H.
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Florida, USA
November 27, 2007

Yonaton in Florida writes:

I just finished reading what Debbie Schlussle has written, here...
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/11/the_peace_partn.html
...about our "peace partner," and anger isn't strong enough to express my sentiments. All that comes to mind for me to say is, "What the #&!! is BUSH thinking??!!!" Those *&$#'ed people are cold blooded murderers, and the last thing they (or we) need is for them to have "self-determination." It's already gone way too far.

There is a G-d, and there is accountability.
http://arniegotfryd.com/content/view/257/100/

I just hope America wakes up before it is too late, if it isn't already.

Arthur
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Florida, USA
November 27, 2007

Arthur in Florida writes:

Things do to before forcing Israel to give up land:

1. Secure the border
2. English only.
3. Bring the troops home.

jeff
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Jeff in Israel writes:

Tangible result to be deemed a success? They all have a good American diner, retire have a good night’s sleep pose in different combinations for the Photo Ops tomorrow , have a good American lunch, more photo ops, cocktails and little pigs in a blanket for the Arabs and Muslims, Bush's farewell speech thanking them all for coming to dinner and brunch, more photo ops and interviews. Shopping and dropping a zillion dollars in American stores and then flying home.

Nathan
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Canada
November 27, 2007

Nathan in Canada writes:

Before any peace conference takes place, the Arabs and the Palestinians should have shown a record of compliance of recent and long-standing commitments undertaken by them over the last twenty or so years.

Since their record is a sorry one, and since repeated efforts by Israel to ingratiate herself to the Arabs by releasing terrorist prisoners, exercising incredible restraint in the face of extreme provocation, retreating from Lebanon and Gaza were met by more unreasonable demands and continued violence, and since the gathering at Annapolis is just a repeat gang-up by numerous Arab delegates (who appear merely to be doing a favor to the President) and have not yet reached a point of accepting Israel as a legitimate member state in the region, why is Israel there, and why does the United States insist on this friend's humiliation?

Donald R.
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Maryland, USA
November 27, 2007

Donald in Maryland writes:

Arabs agree that Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, that Palestinian refugees have no right of return to the Jewish homeland, and that all terror, incitement, hatred and bigotry towards Jews and Israel will cease. Arab countries including the Palestinian Authority will declare a permanent end of conflict. Arab promises are fulfilled for a period of five years, with all terrorism stopped and terrorists jailed for long prison terms. In that 5 year span Palestinians who live in Arab countries for more than 5 years are given citizenship in the Arab country. Then we could call the conference a success.

George
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 27, 2007

George in Pennsylvania writes:

Peace is worthless if it is not a mutually agreeable, mutually constructive arrangement.

The Arab world has already demonstrated what it wants. They want Israel, the most productive and liberal democratic nation in the Middle East, whittled down and down, until there is nothing left. Gaza, the West Bank, and half of Jerusalem are just the beginning.

Look at those greenhouses Bill Gates helped pay for. They are now a symbol of everything the Palestinians as a nation are. Obviously, there are individuals out there who prove the exception -- it's important to understand this even as it feels like such a tedious qualifier; I hope people would take this as a given, but some people like to look for bigots under the wrong bed.

But yet we continue to play into the charades of people who don't want to do any 'meaningless theatrical stunts' like shake hands with a Jew.

If we continue to insist on compromising with them, there will eventually be nothing left.

I leave it to the scholars to decide whether a Middle East without Israel would be more like
a) A wonderful idyllic place with the world's lowest crime rates and no terrorists to speak of
or
b) Another part of the world that already is a largely Islamic region without Israel, namely Southeast Asia. You think the things happening in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India have anything to do with Jews?

Lynn
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New Jersey, USA
November 27, 2007

Lynn in New Jersey writes:

If the Arab countries could recognize Israel's right to exist and recognize Israel as a Jewish State that would be progress.

If the Arab countries could commit to an end to terrorism against Israel that would be progress.

If the Arab country's could free Gilad Shlit , Ohad and Eldad, 3 Israeli's taken captive that would be progress. Maybe someone can explain to me how Israel could free over 400 Arab prisoners before the Annapolis conference as a sign that they are serious about negotiating, and yet no one requires the Arab country's to free a mere 3 Israeli's.

Evelyn
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Malta
November 27, 2007

Evelyn in Malta writes:

I believe in the whole word of God and it clearly defines the boundaries of the land that belongs to the Jews! There are enough neighboring Arab countries that can take in the Palestinians without cutting into the land that belongs to the Jews! When Gaza was turned over to the Palestinians all they have used it for was to launch kassam missiles into Sderot and there are rockets shot from there on a daily basis. Those who curse Israel will be cursed and those that bless Israel will be blessed according to the Word of God. Increase Israel's boundaries, not decrease it!!! Condoleezza Rice just wants to make a legacy for herself and isn't interested in true peace in the middle east!!!!!!

Sue
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Sue in Israel writes:

In order for the Annapolis Conference to be deemed a success, the Arabs must commit to peace - in Arabic, to their own people, and not just for foreign consumption. When and if they recognize Israel, de jure and not just de facto, and recognize Israel as a Jewish State, then peace will have a change to start.

nochum
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Nochum in Jerusalem writes:

The only way to get peace in the Middle East is if the Hamas leaders announce in Arabic so even the Arabs can understand that Israel has the right to exist. Anything less is giving up Jewish lives in order to encourage Arabs to continue terrorist attacks.

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