Lancaster, Pat
March 2005
Middle East;Mar2005, Issue 354, p8
This article presents information related to a U.S. initiatives for peace. Most international observers had written off the US-sponsored Road Map to peace as being dead in the water, long ago. However, the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in November 2004 brought about a series of changes not least democratic elections in January 2005 and the emergence of a new leader with whom the Israelis felt they could do business. Just over a month after taking the reins of power Palestinian President Mamoud Abbas was negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharor at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh.


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