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Conditions Deteriorate in Afghanistan | India Rocked By a Wave of Terrorist Attacks | Iraq on the Path Toward Effective Leadership | Kosovo Declares Independence | North Korea Continues Roller Coaster Diplomacy | Changing of the Guard in Pakistan | Putin Retains Power | Russian-Georgian Conflict | Turmoil Within South Africa's Ruling Party | Elections Fail to Bring Change or Hope to Zimbabwe

Hopes Are Dashed for Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians Under the Bush Administration

President Bush had hoped to help negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians before the end of his second term, an accomplishment that would have helped him salvage his tarnished reputation and establish a legacy beyond the war in Iraq. Much of that failure was beyond Bush's control, however, given Israel's internal political turmoil, the festering civil war between Hamas and Fatah, and the ongoing difficulty to reach consensus on intractable issues, such as the future status of Jerusalem, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and establishing a border between Israel and a Palestinian state.

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