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Thursday, October 02, 2003

U.S. to Reduce Involvement in Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

This story, from the Israeli Ma'ariv, is available only in Hebrew. The following capsulation is from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Jerusalem believes the U.S. is planning to reduce its involvement in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. According to a recent estimate in diplomatic circles, "it is possible that the current situation, with its heavy external and internal pressures, will require the [U.S.] government to focus on Iraq and free the president, to a certain extent, from intensive involvement with other issues, including Israeli-Palestinian ones." In Jerusalem it is believed that the problems in Iraq and the decline in Bush's popularity have affected American self-confidence in its ability to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.