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Middle East Expert Skeptical of Bush Administration Peace Efforts

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – After negotiations helped along by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel and the Palestinians reached agreement this week on a detailed arrangement for opening the borders of the Gaza Strip. It will allow for freer movement of Palestinians. And it's seen by some as a significant step toward an eventual peace deal between historic enemies. Others say it's not.

One of those who is skeptical of this week's border agreement is Soshana Bryen, director of special projects for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs based in Washington. She was in Buffalo Wednesday to deliver a noon-time address sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo.

Bryen says the agreement does not address the larger issues separating the Israelis and Palestinians. She talked with WBFO's Mark Scott. Click the "listen" icon above to hear their conversation now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.