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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Middle East Progress - Condi Succeeds!

In the most exciting possibility for actually advancing peace in the Middle East, Condi Rice brokered a deal yesterday that involved working through the night.....

From the AP story:

Israel and the Palestinians agreed Tuesday on a detailed arrangement for opening the borders of the Gaza Strip and allowing freer movement for Palestinians elsewhere, a significant step toward an eventual peace deal between historic enemies.
It took all-night negotiations and a strong diplomatic shove from Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice to get a deal whose basic elements had been in the works for weeks.
"I have to say as a football fan, sometimes the last yard is the hardest, and I think we experienced that today," Rice told a news conference where she announced the agreement.
She praised the deal at a news conference as a "big step forward" in Israeli-Palestinian relations, bruised by nearly five years of bloody fighting.
While important in and of itself, the broader significance of the deal to free up Palestinian movement while satisfying Israeli concerns about terrorism is that it makes a statement of progress that goes beyond the technical details.
Rice oversaw the marathon negotiations in a Jerusalem hotel, huddling alternately with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in her suite. She had postponed a planned departure for Asia by a day to shepherd the deal to a conclusion.

Once again the master of communication, Condi shows how its done....not with verbose media statements, but behind the doors hard-nosed negotiation. Just think what this marvelously talented lady could achieve as President!



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