The Washington Post has a full transcript of Secretary Powell’s long-awaited policy speech, given today at the University of Louisville, Kentucky: Powell on Mideast Relations.

I’ll excerpt two small paragraphs, where you can see the old policy:

The Palestinian leadership must make a 100-percent effort to end violence and to end terror. There must be real results, not just words and declarations. (…) Whatever the sources of Palestinian frustration and anger under occupation, the intifada is now mired in the quicksand of self-defeating violence and terror directed against Israel. Palestinians need to understand that, however legitimate their claims, they cannot be heard, let alone be addressed through violence. (…)

And the slight shift in policy (or is it?):

America has a positive vision for the region, a vision that we want to share with our friends in Israel and in the Arab world. We have a vision of a region where Israelis and Arabs can live together in peace, security and dignity. We have a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders. (…) The good news is that a framework for a solution exists. It is based on the core principles of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, which are rooted in the concept of land for peace.


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