Norton, who has been consulted on Mideast policy by the Kerry campaign, said the Democratic nominee's chances "look pretty good."/.../
"Kerry is much more likely to change the process of consultation, much more likely to listen instead of acting thoughtlessly, much more likely to try and cooperate fully with international groupings, such as the EU and the UN."
He said a Kerry administration would probably regard the unofficial Geneva Accord drawn up last year by former Israeli and Palestinian government officials and peace negotiators as a "template" for resuming the Mideast peace process./.../
Unlike Bush, I don't think we are going to see the egregiously unfortunate rhetoric of applauding Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon and people like Sharon as 'men of peace.' Instead we are likely to see a more serious attempt to engage more moderate voices in Israel