JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meet on Monday for the first time in six weeks as Middle East peace talks get back on track under heavy US pressure.
The international roadmap peace blueprint urges Israel to freeze Jewish settlement construction and calls on the Palestinians to improve security in their territories.
Israel has "not implemented a single one of its obligations as specified in the roadmap. It has not halted the (growth of) settlements or freed prisoners or removed checkpoints," negotiator Erakat told AFP.
Olmert said last month that he does not envisage the possibility of anything more than an outline agreement by 2009, despite the US target of a peace deal by the end of 2008, and that settlement expansion on Palestinian land would continue.
RLCC Comment: Do you think John McCain would really be like Teddy Roosevelt, because T.R. would bang their heads together — the Israelis' and Palestinians'. He wouldn't take "no" for an answer, and no amount of Jewish money in the U.S. would change his mind or even influence his decision.
John McCain may be too mature now for such a headstrong approach though. T.R. was the youngest president before J.F.K. and John McCain would be the oldest president ever. Of course people are staying younger longer and living longer. Are they taking longer to mature emotionally too?
People are fond of saying that the kids grow up way too soon now. Maybe the are just more worldly early but never really grow up. Maybe the rat race is just that much worse. Actually, there's no maybe about it.
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