Analysis: Gearing up for the 'road map'
By Barbara Plett
BBC Middle East correspondent
Both the Israelis and Palestinians are gearing up for the moment when
attention shifts from Iraq back to them.
From an Israeli point of view this involves efforts to change the terms of the
much vaunted "road map" to peace, from a Palestinian point of view it involves
making the most of a bad deal.
The road map is a three phase diplomatic plan drawn up by the Americans,
Europeans, Russians, and United Nations (the so called quartet) meant to lead
to a full Israeli Palestinian peace treaty in three years.
What next for the Middle East?
By Justin Webb
BBC Washington correspondent
US President George W Bush surprised everyone with his announcement
just before the war that he was to push ahead with the long-planned Middle
East road map.
The British Government portrayed the statement as real progress - a sign that
Mr Bush was on board.
Now that the dust is settling in Iraq, is that pre-war assessment true?
David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, said: "This administration really believes that after this war is over that
this is going to be an area of focus.
"So, in the near term I think the road map provides a political context for a
reinvigorated Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
The neo-conservative view is that one should not expect concessions from Israel until such time as the situation on the Palestinian side - and perhaps more broadly in the Middle East starting with Iraq and continuing with Syria and Iran - has been cleansed of any threat to Israel's existence," he said.
Arab Americans fear Mr Malley is right and not just because of the neo-conservatives.
The Arab American Institute's Jean AbiNader says the famed Israeli lobby is already working hard to kick the road map - even when it is published - into the long grass.