Annapolis chance to stabilize Mideast

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's failure to act decisively on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate caused rising regional frustration, some foreign policy analysts say.

"It's been seven lean years, and I don't think the neglect of the peace process has done anything to stabilize the region -- quite the reverse," said Daniel Levy, an Israeli negotiator during the last substantial negotiations in 2000, told The Baltimore Sun in a story published Sunday.


Tuesday's conference in Annapolis, Md., may represent the last significant attempt at progress in the Middle East before President George Bush leaves office in January 2009, the Sun reported, noting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said repeatedly, "Failure is not an option."

Rice and Bush have said they hope the conference will led to new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that can resolve the Arab-Israeli confrontation that has dominated the region for six decades.

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