The US Agenda is the Neocon Evangelical one -- and getting Iran is at the top of that list, not a real settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire, nor negotiations with the powerful anti-American forces in the Middle East. In Israel you can find sense being discussed in an urgent and thoughtful way; not in Washington. This from the pages of Ha'aretz:
"At a dinner with Olmert on Wednesday, Rice talked about ways of dealing with jet lag. Her entire waning administration is deep in the throes of jet lag. It is ridiculous to expect it to produce any initiative on the Palestinian issue. What concerns the administration is an attempt to create an Arab coalition against Iran. Our situation, which at one time brought Washington to formulate road maps for an agreement (but not to do anything about implementing them), has now been reduced to opening the Karni crossing 'soon'."
"What should be done instead of the declamatory "because?" Aid should be transferred to Gaza, the routes for agricultural exports should be opened, help must be given in restoring the electricity supply, the number of Palestinian workers in Israel ought to be increased, Palestinian prisoners should be released (in the same numbers that will in any case ultimately be released) and Gilad Shalit brought back, talks should be held with the PA chairman and prime minister, a unity government should be encouraged rather than sabotaged, there should be serious discussion of the Saudi initiative, and special attention - not Peretz's sort - has to be directed to the fact that the initiative, which has already been adopted twice, recently, by the Arab League summit, includes pan-Arab recognition of Israel as its culmination."