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By Marc A Thiessen

""We have served the US via some of the most consequential classes of our history...""

President George W. Bush, 2006 kingdom of the Union

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Middle East Peace When President Bush took office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was descending rapidly into a second intifada. Camp David II and subsequent negotiations had collapsed. The Palestinian leadership remained compromised by terror and corruption. The populations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories were not prepared for compromise. There was no consensus in Israel on the need to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza. And large portions of the Palestinian population refused to accept the existence of Israel.

In September 2001, the President waived the sanctions imposed after India’s 1998 nuclear test. And just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he welcomed then-Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee to the White House, where the two leaders pledged cooperation in the fight against terror and agreed to work together to transform the relationship between their countries. During the next four years, the American and Indian governments worked to improve ties in education, agriculture, trade, high-technology, clean energy, civil space, and military-to-military relations.

In June 2007, Hamas led a coup against President Abbas’ government and seized control of the Gaza Strip. President Abbas expelled Hamas from the Palestinian government and declared a state of emergency. He named Salam Fayyad as the new Prime Minister. The new Palestinian leadership was quickly recognized by the United States, the European Union, and Israel. The Palestinian territories were now effectively divided, with Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in control of the West Bank.

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