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ANNAPOLIS: “A fantastic photo-op”

That’s what Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman thinks Annapolis will be. (That and “a terrific cocktail party.”) Judging by the way Olmert, after Bush’s opening remarks, hustled Bush and Abbas out from behind the podium to display their interlocked hands (you can hear Olmert saying “Mr. President, we should move from the podium so they will see us shaking hands” at 4:41 in the video), Lieberman may be right.

Lieberman also expressed relief at reports that Olmert will naysay the creation of a Palestinian state until Abbas has wrested full control of Gaza from Hamas, calling this the “biggest headline” that can emerge from the conference. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.