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Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, Steven L. Spiegel, and Shibley Z. Telhami

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451478

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451478.001.0001

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The Annapolis Denouement

The Annapolis Denouement

(p.191) Chapter Five The Annapolis Denouement
The Peace Puzzle

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Scott B. Lasensky

William B. Quandt

Steven L. Spiegel

Shibley Z. Telhami

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at George W. Bush's second term, during which the administration supported Palestinian elections that brought Hamas—a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization—to power. This resulted to the anomalous situation in which Bush could declare the Palestinian elections to have been “free, fair and democratic” but also vow that the United States would not deal with Hamas unless it changed its policies and its involvement in terrorism. Meanwhile, the Lebanon War in 2006—initially supported by the administration as offering the possibility of defeating Hezbollah—gave way to Israeli despair and demands from Arab moderates for the United States to reengage in peacemaking. Bush then organized the Annapolis conference in November 2007, wherein the administration promoted a new opportunity to negotiate a conflict-ending agreement and set a one-year deadline, but then assumed a noninterventionist posture. In the end, nothing was concluded.

Keywords:   Bush administration, Palestinian elections, Hamas, Lebanon War, Hezbollah, Annapolis conference

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