Naked moral equivalence, endorsed by Olmert, Bush, and — of course — Abbas.
Video here, of Bush reading from the joint statement.
Story here: “Mideast leaders vow ‘new era of peace'”
Take a president with no understanding of the jihadist intransigence that fuels the Palestinian/Israel conflict — not quibbles over the ownership of this or that piece of land — who is desperate to shore up his sagging legacy. Take an Israeli prime minister who seems defiantly committed to the proposition that an Israel small enough and defenseless enough will be left alone by the jihadists, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Add in a “Palestinian” leader who is threatened at home by forces even more violently intransigent than he is, and who is leader of a group that tried to assassinate that same Israeli prime minister just a few months ago — indicating that he himself is either complicit or ineffectual.
What do you get? A peace based on the equation of jihad terrorist violence against innocent people with resistance to that violence. Not an auspicious beginning.