International media are, of course, reporting on the Middle East Peace Talks held in Annapolis yesterday. Some observers expected little and found it. Others more optimistically saw the conference as marking an important step. Most noted that the presence of Saudi Arabia and the Arab League—’prospective midwives’—as a major change in what had gone before.
My personal views are closest to those expressed by David Ignatius in the first linked article below.
The Washington Post: How Annapolis Helps
The New York Times: Israel and Palestinians Set Goal of a Treaty in 2008
Financial Times: Leaders set target for Mideast peace deal
Economist: Not-so-great expectations
Asharq Alawsat: Annapolis and the Dream of a Palestinian State
Middle East Times: Israelis, Palestinians to push for peace
Qatar’s The Peninsula: Peace hopes rise
United Arab Emirates’ Khaleej Times: Ground realities