I think we've seen over the course of the last year is that Chairman Arafat may well be committed to wanting to live in peace with Israel, but his own capacity at this stage to reach a permanent agreement is at least something that has to be questioned.
More Quotes from Dennis Ross:What's important is not meetings for their own sake but results ... that will have a consequence on the security environment.
If you are embracing violence, if you insist on maintaining an independent militia, if you reject the idea of coexistence, you are not a partner and we will not deal with you, ... The point is to be very clear don't try to be overly subtle on this one.
This is a leader who governed Syria for 30 years. The landscape is changing with the change in Syria. The landscape is changing with Israel being out of Lebanon. The landscape is changing with permanent status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that are serious.
The problem is, you've got a complete dysfunction on the Palestinian side. For all the talk of peace process, the United States will be with Israel on its unilateral steps and hoping that the next prime minister of Israel will do what Sharon would have done.
AIPAC is taking the public statements seriously. They're alarmed by a nuclear capability, and the administration appears to be adopting an approach that isn't changing Iranian behavior.
My focus right now is meeting with each side ... to see what kind of conclusions they have drawn about the insights that developed at Camp David, and then we'll see if there are ways to overcome the differences,
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