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Bush's Next Move

With the road map in tatters, what will President Bush do next with Sharon and Abbas?

12:00 AM, Jun 15, 2003 • By FRED BARNES
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The Arab states won't require compliance by the Palestinians either. They never have. They'll demand that Israeli concessions continue even as Palestinian promises are paid lip service. Bush's own State Department will no doubt agree with the Arabs.

Israel, the new peace process, and the Middle East have a lot riding on the president. The hardest thing for him will be publicly declaring that the Palestinians haven't lived up to their promises and that no further concessions should be made by Israel until they do. Bush will be condemned around the world if he does this. But if he doesn't hold the Palestinians accountable, no one will. And the peace process will once again be a sham.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.