Is it that President Bush can't quite make up his mind what he wants to do about that pesky "Arab-Israeli crisis?" Or has the media spin just gotten so thick that "the truth," while it's in there somewhere, is hard to pick out?
Yesterday's updated Jerusalem Post (via Omri at Dejafoo, who says "Bush is busy trying to mend fences with the Arab world, and it looks like he might be tempted to back down at least a little bit on the whole "Sharon gets to do whatever he damn well wants to do" rhetoric"):
US President George W. Bush, after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House, pledged on Thursday to "expand dialogue" with the Palestinian Authority, starting with sending a letter to PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei that will clarify that he is committed to a negotiated two-state solution.
And Ma'ariv (via Dave at Israelly Cool, who says "George Bush has pretty much retracted recent pledges that he made to Ariel Sharon."):
Despite his warm embrace of Sharon recently, US President George Bush is showing signs of capitulating in the face of pressure from Arab states. In a press conference held following his meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah today (Thursday), Bush called on Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967.
Bush also failed to repeat an earlier statement that Palestinian refugees will not be allowed to enter Israeli territory. "The US will not determine the results of the negotiations", he noted.
And Ha'aretz last week (via me):
The U.S. has informed Israel it will have to make a "corrective" move toward its European allies and the Arabs, but that it will under no circumstances renege on its promises to Sharon.
But then there's tonight's updated Jerusalem Post:
(AP) Cairo. US President George W. Bush backed off of the "road map" peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, saying that keeping the promise of a Palestinian state by 2005 "may be hard," in a 38-minute interview published Friday night. He did not give a new timetable.
I always prefer to end the week on a more positive note. Yes, positive.