Declaring a "moment of choice" in the Middle East, President Bush said Monday he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference aimed at restarting stalled talks and moving faster toward a Palestinian state.
Such a session could result in Israelis sitting at the same conference table as countries such as Saudi Arabia that do not recognize Israel diplomatically.
Bush said the conference, open to countries in the region that support a two-state solution to the long Israeli-Palestinian standoff, would be headed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Of course he will be giving the Palestinians a boatload of money:
Bush voiced strong support for Abbas and his moderate government. He noted that the United States has pledged more than $190 million in direct assistance to the Palestinians, most of it already approved, and that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a quasi-governmental unit, was making another $228 million available in loan guarantees.
Bush also announced that his administration would "make a direct contribution of $80 million to help Palestinians reform their security services."
That is 270 million Dollars from the US.
Does this administration truly believe they can stop the fighting that has been going on between Israel and the Palestinians for so long?