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March 15, 2003

Saudi Quid Pro Quo Behind White House Press Conference

So that's why Saudi Arabia has been cooperating so much

According to Stratfor
Although a March 14 announcement from the White House -- where U.S. President George W. Bush discussed a new "roadmap" for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- initially appeared to be a ploy to divert attention from plans to attack Iraq, Stratfor has learned that the announcement was part of an integral quid pro quo with Saudi Arabia that is very much related to the Iraq issue.
Ha'aretz reports
The U.S.-backed "road map" to Palestinian statehood that President George W. Bush plans to present will not stray from last year's draft even if parties lobby for changes, senior Palestinian officials said Saturday.

Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat said he spoke to U.S. Mideast envoy David Satterfield on Saturday, who vowed the road map would be the same as last year's draft and that the only thing left to discuss was how it was to be implemented.
One more thing. With Blair emphasizing "evenhandedness" I shudder to think what that could mean. Does that mean to consider both equally worthy and therefore close to the '67 borders. Or equal pressure on both. When "negotiations between the parties" which used to be the hallmark of US policy is replaced by evenhandedness, it can only mean abandoning the idea of negotiations and imposing an "evenhanded" solution. That's probably close to the Barak offer. Who said life was fair. It appears to be evenhanded.

Where is the Jewish cabal now? Or the Likudnicks or the Zionists? And I thought that we controlled Bush and US policy. I'll never learn.

Time will tell.