Dubai-based Arabs doubt Bush’s Mideast intentions

DUBAI — United States President George Bush’s intent to call Israelis, Palestinians and others in the Middle East to a peace conference in autumn, aimed at restarting the stalled talks, has been met with disinterest from Dubai-based Arab nationals. They all showed pessimism towards Bush’s intentions of achieving the desired results.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Wed 18 Jul 2007, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:11 AM

Rabih Mudallaly, Lebanese production manager at a construction company, said, “Honestly, I don’t trust the Americans and the Israelis. I wish peace would be achieved in the Middle East, though. Perhaps, Bush’s initiative is a wake-up call to change his people’s view. Maybe he wants to change his policy to save his increasingly declining popularity.”

For Laith Akram, IT analyst from Jordan, it is improbable the expected summit would yield any positive results. “I think it will be like previous summits, useless and pointless. No doubt it is a good gesture from Bush, but it is not enough. I am not convinced that he is really seeking to establish fair and comprehensive peace, especially as far as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is concerned. It is very obvious to which extent his administration is biased in favour of Israel. It is just a propaganda on his part to embellish his image internally after it had been tarnished by his strategy in Iraq.”

Samar Dabat, Palestinian-British project manager at a finance centre, pointed out that she would not believe in the intentions of Bush until she saw the conclusion.

Iraqi journalist Ali Al Shouk said, “There is no point in holding such summits because they won’t make any difference in pushing forward the peace process. Bush is facing constant and intense criticism because of the Iraqi quagmire he forced the American troops into.”

Al Shouk added, “He intends to save face and change the Arab world’s perspective regarding the US policy in the Middle East before the end of his presidential term. I don’t think his endeavours will be a success because he went wrong all along.”

Mahmoud Sahly, a TV producer, ruled out any good prospects out of the fall summit.

“Nothing hailing from the West can be promising. Bush is bidding farewell to his term so he wants to leave a good impression on the Arab world, in particular.”

Bush already said the conference would be open to countries in the region that support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian standoff.

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