Gideon's Blog

In direct contravention of my wife's explicit instructions, herewith I inaugurate my first blog. Long may it prosper.

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Friday, August 29, 2003
Dennis Ross is making sense! This is what advocates of an "imposed solution" or some other strong American intervention need to realize: the obstacle to such a venture is not primarily in Jerusalem but in the Arab League. I am far less confident than Ross, however, that Bush has the leverage to get a Saudi to go to Jerusalem. What, after all, has Bush gotten from the Saudis lately? Not much. And this kind of move would be a big risk at home. They'd far rather see diplomacy fail, and the Palestinian problem fester for another generation. That, after all, has been the default policy of the Arab states for the past two generations. Why mess with failure?