Condoleezza Rice is downplaying any chance for a
breakthrough in the Palestinian- Israeli talks [EPA] 

With Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, downplaying any chance for a breakthrough in Palestinian-Israeli talks this year, the progress previously predicted by George Bush, the US president, and his administration is not expected in 2008.

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, is in the midst of a legal scandal that could topple him and leave the Palestinians with no negotiationing partner.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, weakened and undermined by Israel's continuing settlement expansion, is warning that there is not enough progress to sustain popular support for the peace process.
So where does the Annapolis peace process stand six months after its launch?

On Wednesday, Riz speaks with two experts with inside perspectives on what is going on. Maen Areikat is the director-general of the PLO negotiations department, which heads the talks with Israel. And MJ Rosenberg is the director of policy analysis for the Israel Policy Forum.

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This episode of Riz Khan aired on Wednesday, June 04, 2008

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