What an irony, that a war advanced by many as an alternative to forging a peace in Jerusalemindeed who saw it as a clean break from such negotiationshas had the opposite effect.
And how revealing, that in seizing on the Golan provision of the report as one of its greatest challenges, Tim Russert and Andrea Mitchell just now on MS-NBC both described the return of these high, watered lands as something “we” were being asked to do: Americans, American politicians. As though we might snap our fingers and this ally in the Middle East would respond. The Baker report was also forthright on this point. “No American AdministrationDemocrat or Republicanwill ever abandon Israel.”