The Foreign Service Journal, December 2006

D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 6 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L 33 n her speech to the American Task Force on Palestine on Oct. 11, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged her personal commitment to a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel. She asserted that President George W. Bush was the first American president to make “the creation of a Palestinian state, with territorial integrity, with viability, living side by side with Israel, in peace and security” a matter of policy. As one example of U.S. efforts to “help the Palestinian people to lay the economic foundations of a successful state,” F O C U S O N M I D D L E E A S T P E A C E U.S. P OLICY AND THE I SRAELI - P ALESTINIAN C ONFLICT P RESIDENT B USH HAS NOT HELD I SRAEL TO ACCOUNT FOR ITS FAILURE TO PURSUE PEACE WITH ITS NEIGHBORS . B Y N ADIA H IJAB I Adam Niklewicz