Signs of hope

News from the West Bank
Signs of hope from Israel and Palestinian are so rare that when two such signs emerge only 48 hours apart, it is time to rejoice. The first sign of hope was well reported. When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stopped in Jerusalem on her way to the Asia-Pacific summit meeting, she was handed a memorandum that prompted her to delay her trip. The memorandum was from James Wolfensohn, international special envoy for Gaza’s economic development. Tyler Marshall, writing in the Los Angeles Times, reports that Wolfensohn, the respected former head of the World Bank, told Rice that her intervention was needed to resolve the “sticking points” over the border blockage.


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