The Other Mideast War

When President Bush makes public this week his plan for the creation of a Palestinian state, the exact shape his proposal takes will be crucial to more than just the future of the Middle East peace process. It will also reveal the outcome of another bitter struggle--the one between Secretary of State Colin Powell and Administration hard-liners, led by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Powell is pushing for early recognition of a Palestinian state, a firm time line for determining its borders and capital, and a strong U.S. statement on the thorniest issues. Rumsfeld and Cheney oppose...

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