Could the Israeli-Palestinian conflict actually be close to resolution?Probably not. I think the only thing driving Israeli acceptance of the Roadmap is pressure from the Bush Administration. Under the status quo, Israel continually confiscates more and more of the Occupied Territories, and I think that an awful lot of Israelis fully intend that one day the Occupied Territories -- cleared of those inconvenient Palestinians -- will be annexed by Israel. In the status quo, they are moving in that direction, with the costs (terrorist attacks and tanked economy) remaining bearable: I think more people have been killed in automobile accidents than in terrorist attacks in Israel during the latest intifada, so that's painful but bearable; and Uncle Sugar is available to pony up money to keep the economy from completely foundering. I don't think that the will exists in Israel to resolve the situation with the Palestinians.If the US gets serious, to the point of actually turning off the money pipeline, Israel has to do pretty much whatever we say. However, that's "if the US gets serious," and not just "if the Bush Administration gets serious." Sharon, by my guess, is making the sort of complying noises that will forestall the Bush Administration from doing anything until the Israel lobby can work over the political situation in Washington to the point where the Administration can't do anything. Can Bush be forestalled for six years, until the last possible day of his Administration? Probably.The only way I see the US getting serious about resolving the problem is if Bush gets completely pissed off at Israel, and decides to burn an awful lot of his political capital to torpedo their support. This would involve making the extent of our complicity in everything that Israel does, as well as how horrific some of those things are, common knowledge to Americans. And of course, that would subject Bush to being called an antisemite and worse. I don't see it happening.