PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush can learn from his predecessors' mistakes and carve a peace plan that will catch the minds and hearts of both Israelis and Palestinians. The time is ripe. Both sides are tired, licking their wounds, mourning their dead, suffering emotionally as well as economically, and understanding the limits of both terrorism and reprisals.
Israel understands that one of the strongest armies in the world cannot achieve a total victory against terror and violence. The Palestinians at least are beginning to perceive that terror might cause a lot of damage, suffering, and hardship to Israel, but it cannot break the national consensus among Israelis about the need to put an end to terror and to ensure calm and security prior to a final settlement of the conflict.