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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Jack
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Jack in Jerusalem writes:

At minimum, the Arab states and the Palestinian Authority have to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people and they must have the strength and the will to say it publicly, in Arabic, over their own media to their own people. Then it will become a border dispute. Now, it is an existential conflict which can only end in a war of total destruction. Border disputes are negotiable and they are manageable. Existential conflicts are not.

David
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United Kingdom
November 27, 2007

David in U.K. writes:

I am praying that the nations of the world will realize that the tiny state of Israel must continue to fight for its survival in the midst of 20+ Arab States committed to its destruction. I am also praying that no more land will be sacrificed to empty promises of peace, which only result in more aggressive acts against the only Jewish state in the world.

Shalom!

Judith
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Judith in Israel writes:

Since the Arabs have never yet (in over 100 years, since before the founding of the State of Israel) kept a promise to the Jews/Israelis (see, for example, Nashashibi, in Jerusalem in Mandatory times, not to mention Arafat just a few years ago)there is no reason to believe that Annapolis will be any better.

So, I would say that if promises are made, they will be kept only by Israel. A successful meeting will mean an outcome of no promises at all.

A very unhappy situation, I'm afraid.

Dave
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United Kingdom
November 27, 2007

Dave in U.K. writes:

Arab side to: honor past agreements; renounce violence and all activity in furtherance of it; accept Israel as a Jewish state in perpetuity; agree that "right of return" be confined to Gaza and West Bank.

Israeli side to: build no new settlements on West Bank; agree to withdraw forces and checkpoints once it has been demonstrated for a substantial period that violence has ceased; accept establishment of a Palestinian state at that time.

Ultimate aim: sensible land swaps to incorporate major settlements into Israel while conceding equivalent land to Palestinian state; Israeli withdrawal from Golan and Shebah Farms; Jewish inhabitants of remote settlements to be allowed to reside there under Palestinian sovereignty if they so wish but with dual citizenship; compensation for Arab refugees and Jewish refugees from Arab lands pari passu to be undertaken by Israel, world Jewry, the Ummah, the international community.

Gary
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United Kingdom
November 27, 2007

Gary in U.K. writes:

Success at Annapolis can only come by all the participants fearing the God of Israel and falling on their faces before Him in repentance. Please, for the sake of America and the nations, turn from this man made attempt at peace to the God of Israel through the Judean prince of peace. (ps 2, isa.9,micah 5 etc.)

Joel 3:1 -- For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord [is] near in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I [am] the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

Bruce W.
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Maryland, USA
November 27, 2007

Bruce in Maryland writes:

The Palestinians are not interested in peace. It’s quite obvious to an open eye that any land that Israel gives back, results in terror from closer areas. Are there a few who do want peace? It could be, but if they open their mouths, they get killed! All their children are taught to kill Israelis from preschool age, so what do we expect?

P.S. Before 1967, there was no such thing as a Palestinian, only Jordanians! Why not ask Jordan to take them back?

Gary
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Virginia, USA
November 27, 2007

Gary in Virginia writes:

Here's another question: What difference will it make what results from the Annapolis conference when the Palestinian delegation can't speak for the entire Palestinian population, or even for its elected legislature?

The leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniya, was quoted by Al Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza today as saying:

"We are against any attempts for either direct or indirect normalization (with Israel) and are against the presence, for the first time, of an Arab delegation by the side of a Zionist delegation at the Annapolis conference." And, "We will stand firmly in the face of any procedures or policies that aim to get at the will of our people, or factions and their weapons of resistance."

Al Jazeera's correspondant, Jacky Rowland, commented: "People are delivering a very strong 'no' to Annapolis, in Gaza. They say 'no' to recognising the state of Israel, and they say 'no' to any compromise on those key Palestinian rights, like the status of Jerusalem and the right of Palestinian refugees to return."

[http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/05382B6E-8DEB-4B3E-ABF0-38E6B76DA...

Maybe it would be more productive to ask the Arab League to first negotiate peace between the Palestinian factions, and, if that works out, then between the Palestinians and Israel.

Kathryn
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Maryland, USA
November 27, 2007

Kathryn in Maryland writes:

Protect Israel's right to exist. Do not divide Jerusalem and recognize it as Israel's capital. Do not negotiate with terrorists.

Noah
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Delaware, USA
November 27, 2007

Noah in Delaware writes:

There can be no tangible results because there are no consequences if the Palestinians do not live up to their commitments. What happened when Israel withdrew from Gaza. The Palestinians began shelling Israel and destroyed all the greenhouses. Were those tangible results. The Palestininans in a free election voted for Hamas a terrorist organization. The Palestinians (Abbas) that Israel is negotiating with have no power and have not been elected by the Palestinians. Who does Abbas represent other than perhaps Rice and Bush and Olmert certainly they were not elected by the Palestinians. Of course no one at the State Dept remembers any history. Here is what the illustrious BBC wrote on September 30, 1938: Mr Chamberlain declared the accord with the Germans signaled "peace for our time", after he had read it to a jubilant crowd gathered at Heston airport in west London. Chamberlain went on to say that the agreement is a promise by both Germany and the United Kingdom "never to go to war with one another again." Are these the type of tangible results that the State Dept is expecting. This entire exercise is something out of Alice in Wonderland. Were there tangible results after Oslo or Camp David?

Lynne
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Israel
November 27, 2007

Lynne in Israel writes:

Appeasing the Palestinians is a dangerous, fruitless, and failed policy. Why don't we learn from history?

We tried Oslo. The Palestinians (led by their elected representatives - Arafat and the PLO) failed to live up to their part of the bargain, yet we kept on giving them more. The result was the second Intifada.

We tried unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. Now Sderot is targeted for a daily Kassam barrage that the IDF has much more difficulty combating.

What has appeasing the Palestinians ever yielded other than death and destruction? Why should Annapolis be any different?

Pat
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United Kingdom
November 28, 2007

Pat in U.K. writes:

What would tangibly contribute to success of the Annapolis Conference? For the Western nations with their Judeo Christian heritage to recognize that they have in the past century, and are yet again contemplating at the present time, carving up the one piece of real estate that the God of Israel, no less than ten times in the Bible, specifically terms as "His Land"; and therefore repent and back off from compounding the same terrible mistakes. This might not solve the present so called Middle East crisis which is wrongly laid at Israel’s feet; but it will prevent any more repercussions at the hand of God upon those that do carve up His Land. That would be success. History is replete with example of the fulfillment of the words of Genesis 12:1-3

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Glenn
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Oregon, USA
November 28, 2007

Glenn in Oregon writes:

The Palestinian Arabs, as well as many other Islamic and Arab terror groups, need to really want peace. The Palestinian have never ceased their constant daily barrage of shooting Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israel. They've never stopped trying to send genocide bombers into Israel to kill and maim as many innocent civilians as they can. Only Israel's security measures have slowed them down. They cross the borders and kidnap, torture, and kill service men and reporters that tell any truth in their reporting. They shoot to kill Jewish passing motorists that get too close to a Palestinian stronghold (settlement). The Jewish settlements, which are really all of Israel, are not building bombs and scheming to kill Arabs, but are trying to live their lives, educate their children, building libraries and synagogues and truly desiring peace. The Arabs, on the other hand, are trying to finish off what Adolf Hitler started, his Final Solution. The State Department seems to be pandering to the whims of the Saudis and their oil because it is so obvious to anyone that looks at the situation that the Jews desire peace and the Muslims desire all of Israel to be free of Jews.

Delta
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United States
November 28, 2007

Delta in U.S. writes:

I feel the conference in Annapolis is merely a public (foreign) relations coup for President Bush and Condi Rice. It gives the Arab nations a chance to "beat up" on Israel politically and in the press. The Prime Minister of Israel releases prisoners, offers to give up land, give up the most valued historical and religious sites, and give up his heritage...despite what the people of Israel want.

Whereas the Palestinian President can only say "we want peace" while he is unable to implement what he says.

The world saw what the Palestinians voted for when they voted in Hamas instead of Fatah in the Gaza Strip. We've seen what they've done with the viable businesses and possibilities in the Gaza Strip - they have all but destroyed much of it. (This was before Israel had to close the checkpoints to ensure the safety of others).

Once more, I ask: what about the largest part of former Palestine giving up land for a Palestinian state? It seems it would be a better deal for all concerned. Why isn't Jordanian King Abdullah offering a piece of it?

Sometimes, in believing in our own idealistic ramblings, human beings aren't very realistic. In other words: pressuring our only consistent ally in the middle east to divide in half is dumb.

Vincent
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Arkansas, USA
November 28, 2007

Vincent in Arkansas writes:

Do not divide Jerusalem. Do not give up the West Bank.

Janet
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New York, USA
November 28, 2007

Janet in New York writes:

For this meeting to be called successful, agreements must be reached to never, ever return any more land belonging to Israel. This "returning" practice has not resulted in any new, or past peace. Never. It only causes the enemy to have closer target range and more horrid travesties towards many innocent children and adults from both sides.
Why can we not learn from our past mistakes!!!!

Angela
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United Kingdom
November 28, 2007

Angela in U.K. writes:

The Annapolis Conference cannot succeed since its very agenda is contrary to the declared and eternal Covenants of Almighty God.

All who seek to contravene His Word on Israel's right to the Land will ultimately find themselves on a collision course with God Himself.

JOEL 2:1
'Blow ye the trumpet in Zion,
and sound an alarm
in My Holy Mountain:
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for The Day of the Lord cometh - for it is nigh at hand'

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