Hadley: Keep Annapolis alive


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Bush’s national security adviser suggested that President-elect Barack Obama maintain consistency on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

"The biggest opportunity for the new administration may be Middle East peace," Stephen Hadley said Wednesday in an address to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He called on the Obama administration not to "reinvent the wheel" and to continue the process that Bush launched in Annapolis, Md., in late 2007.

"First and foremost, this means helping complete the building of the democratic institutions of a Palestinian state," Hadley said. "This work is critical to any future peace. Second, it means using the confidential bilateral negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis already under way to negotiate the peace and build on the substantial progress that already has been made."

Obama has said he will make Israel-Palestinian peace a priority.

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