Key members of the Arab League, including Saudi Arabia and Syria, will attend the Annapolis conference today — ratcheting the stakes for President George Bush's last best chance at brokering Mideast peace before his term ends.
With the region's most influential players at the table, there's a chance something substantive could come out of it.
Former Israeli ambassador Uri Savir, who helped negotiate 1993's Oslo peace talks, says leaders in Washington, D.C., are showing signs of understanding the implications of a Middle East peace for American interests. "There's enormous goodwill among the three major players," Savir says. If the sides could even agree on steps for further agreement, he says, that would count as significant progress.
On our blog, an update: Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to a plan for starting peace talks again.