Mere hours after the suicide bombing of a popular Tel-Aviv bar President Bush sent out his "roadmap" to Middle East peace. I have a feeling that this move is sending the wrong message. Peace is not possible so long as the Palestinians continue their attacks against the Israelis. Even if the Israelis make the important concession of ending settlements in the West Bank it seems unlikely that Palestinian militant groups like Hamas will end their campaign of violence.
For many in the West Bank and Gaza, the goal is not an independent state. It is the complete destruction of Israel and the massacre of all Jews. This is not a position that is open to negotiation or compromise. As long as leaders like Arafat have power and Hamas continues to operate freely the "roadmap" to peace will lead nowhere.