Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Bush’s Bluffing Has Made Mideast Peace a Bad Bet

From Taba to Tony, from the Rose Garden to Riyadh, from Geneva to Gaza — in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no American president has been presented with more opportunities for reaching a true and lasting peace than George W. Bush. But with just a half a year to go before he leaves the White House and little indication of a breakthrough, it is all but certain that Bush will leave behind a conflict more intractable than ever, not to mention a situation in Gaza that ranks as the world’s third-largest humanitarian crisis after Somalia and Darfur.

Push for Peace Now, Before Bush and Abbas Step Down

In his last year in office, President Bush has finally gotten engaged in the Middle East peace process. Last week he made his first visit as president to Israel and the West Bank, only weeks after convening a high-profile peace summit in Annapolis this past November.