Annapolis Peace Conference

-Sarah Honig scores the idea of making generous offers to “perfidious Abbas� and labels the notion that “his current powerlessness qualifies him as a suitable peace-partner� as “official topsy-turviness.� (The Jerusalem Post)

-Many mainstream pro-Israel groups and leaders are hesitant to embrace the upcoming Annapolis conference, even as “peace process opponents mount a well-financed campaign to undermine public support for the conference�. (The Jewish Week)

-And indeed, Debra DeLee wonder why “Hardly any mainstream American Jewish organization is publicly endorsing Israel’s efforts to bolster its security through peace.� (The Jewish Week)

-Gideon Levy argues that the world will judge whether Israel really wants peace by her actions at the Annapolis summit. (Haaretz)

-Yoel Marcus sees little prospects of progress at Annapolis: “It will be a forum not for negotiations, but for speeches… An agreement to which only half the Palestinian people are committed will not be worth the paper it is written on.� (Haaretz)

-Shmuel Rosner sees the conference as being drive by a “fear of failure.� (Haaretz)

-Can Olmert make compromises with regard to Jerusalem without shattering his ruling coalition? (The Jerusalem Post)

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