There are firefights in Nablus, the deadly stand-off in Bethlehem continues. Palestinians in Ramallah bury their dead in a parking lot while Israelis watch for more katyusha rockets from Lebanon and more anti-semitic attacks in Europe. Britain’s foreign secretary says the Middle East is on the verge of catastrophe, and still, more than at any time in recent months, world attention is focusing on Washington.
Increasingly, the Bush Administration stands accused of taking too much of a hands off approach. Colin Powell says he’ll meet, he’ll talk, but the more passive notions of mediation are being overtaken by calls for direct political, perhaps even military involvement
Henry Seigman, Council of Foreign Relations Senior Fellow
William Quandt, professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia
Jeane Kirkpatrick, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations