Rice to Go to Mideast

Condoleezza Rice will travel to the Middle East after the U.S. elections to push the peace process.

Rice will be in the region from Nov. 5-9, the State Department announced. She will meet with officials in Israel, the Palestinian areas, Egypt and Jordan, as well as with other representatives of the Quartet – the grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, which guides the peace process.

The talks will aim “to achieve positive and lasting peace in the region consistent with the Annapolis process and the shared goal of a two-state solution,” the statement said, referring to last year’s re-launch of Israeli- Palestinian talks in Annapolis, Md.

The Israel Policy Forum urged Rice to arrive in the region with “bridging proposals” to reconcile Israeli and Palestinian positions.

In a letter to Rice describing the group’s meetings last month with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the Israel Policy Forum wrote, ” We were also told last month that the United States has yet to offer the kind of bridging proposals that can help to close the minimal gap which appears to be standing in the way of an agreement. We urge you to consider making such proposals in the final months of your administration.”

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