Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Intifada Over? - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ended a meeting in Egypt announcing an end to all military and violent actions against each other. Whether militants on either side will cooperate, or spoil this chance for peace, remains to be seen.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who summoned the two leaders and has been a key mediator, said, "The challenges today are large and deep, but the mission is not impossible. If the road is long, we today took the first step." Egypt and Jordan will each resume diplomatic relations with Israel.

As with so many things lately, I will do my best to hold cynicism aside and hope and pray that this is the start of a two-state solution that will bring peace back to the Holy Land.

Source: ABC News

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