Friday, April 16, 2004 - Texas Talk on Palestine: "In his declaration that any two-state resolution of the crisis could include some Israeli settlements on post-1949 lands and the resettlement of Palestinian refugees in a Palestinian state, Mr. Bush did not so much break new ground as acknowledge demographic reality. Those attacking him for daring to speak this frankly only encourage Palestinian hardliners to continue along their debilitating course of rejectionism.
Rather than losing his credibility as an honest broker, as critics charge, the President's straight talk has strengthened his position. Anyone who claims to be a moderator in the pursuit of a just, two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians cannot at the same time tolerate ideas that would lead to the demise of one of those states. A 'right of return' for Palestinians to Israel is such an idea."

Good piece over at WSJ. Sorry it's subscriber only, but if you'd like the full text, email me (above left) and I'd be happy to send you a copy.

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