Christians United for Israel: Annapolis Arrives

There is every indication that this Summit will now serve as the launching point for a peace process that will be fraught with peril for Israel.

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Today begins the long-awaited Middle East Peace Summit in Annapolis. By all accounts, this will be little more than a symbolic gesture. No one expects any real negotiating to take place or any major statements to be issued. But we're hardly out of the woods yet. There is every indication that this Summit will now serve as the launching point for a peace process that will be fraught with peril for Israel. Even if the forum will change, the underlying logic will stay the same. Israel will be expected to transfer crucial territory to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a man whose will to live in peace with Israel is questionable, and whose ability to enforce peace with Israel is nonexistent. Our worry over Annapolis does not mean that we're unappreciative of its goals. We all long for a day when the people of Israel will know peace. And we likewise understand the effort to isolate Iran which clearly underlies this Summit. In fact, anything that Iran's President Ahmadinejad opposes so strongly can't be all bad. Earlier today, Ahmadinejad criticized Saudi Arabia for agreeing to send a delegate to the Summit. "I wish the name of Saudi Arabia was not among those attending the Annapolis conference," Ahmadinejad said, according to Iran's news agency IRNA. "Arab countries should be watchful in the face of the plots and deception of the Zionist enemy." Ahmadinejad will no doubt greet the recent news of Syria's participation with similar anger. Iran's isolation -- and that of Hamas -- is almost complete. Still, we have seen so many prior initiatives undertaken with the best of intentions only make matters worse in the end. Oslo was started with the best of intentions and ended in the bloody Palestinian uprising that claimed so many Israeli lives. The Lebanon withdrawal was undertaken with good intentions but only emboldened Hizbullah. The Gaza withdrawal was undertaken good intentions but only empowered Hamas. Why will Annapolis be any different from these prior efforts? Where is the logic different? How have the players changed? No one has provided a persuasive answer to these questions. In the days and weeks ahead, let's continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Let's continue to watch developments closely. And let's continue to speak up when we believe that our government may be doing more harm than good. For more of Brog's Blog, please visit www.cufi.org Previous entries: A Year to go? No picnics in Gaza Constant Vigilance The fate of the Sunday People