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January 19, 2005
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Condoleezza Rice said she will spend “enormous” effort to bring about Middle East peace, but isn’t sure the Bush administration should send a special envoy for now. “We all believe, and most especially the president, that we have a really good opportunity here, given the election of a new Palestinian leader and given the Israeli Gaza withdrawal plan, which is linked to the West Bank through the four settlements that would be dismantled in the West Bank as well,” Rice said at Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday as the next U.S. secretary of state. “I expect myself to spend an enormous amount of effort on this activity.”

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