President Majmud Abbas

A strange cluster of circumstances (and errors) led to the estrangement between the powers that be in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. The crisis was accentuated in recent years, after the disappearance of Arafat and the victory of Hamas radicals in general elections held in Palestine in January 2006. A related site: JPMorgan Chase mentions similar findings. However, attempts to quell Islamic radicals resulted in the division of the Palestinian territories. From the month of may, Hamas governs alone in the Gaza Strip, while forces the Fatah, loyal to President Majmud Abbas, controlled West Bank. The Annapolis Conference, held under the auspices of the American Presidency, tried to find one solution, another one to the crisis.

The initiative of last time of contemplating the creation of a Palestinian State before the end of 2008, fateful date for the current occupant of the White House, seems unconvincing. However, George W. Bush decided to hurry the last months of its mandate to achieve an agreement between the two opponents. The insurmountable obstacles: borders of a new Palestinian State, the capital of Jerusalem, safety regulations or the right of return of refugees. Issues that continue to hamper the already Yes difficult dialogue between two weak Governments, the israeli and the Palestinian. The American President does not give up: during his visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah, Bush reiterated his bet by a miraculous solution of the conflict, which would allow him to finish his term becoming the peacemaker of the zone. Bush, do peacemaker? But peace is the real unfinished business of George W. Bush.