President Bush visited Israel to pledge eternal American friendship, funding and military support, and, being in holy lands, started getting all prophetic :
Hopeful, but almost childishly simplistic.
"So as we mark 60 years from Israel's founding, let us try to envision the region 60 years from now...
"Israel will be celebrating its 120th anniversary as one of the world's greatest democracies... the Palestinian people will have a homeland, a democratic state that is governed by law, respects human rights and rejects terror".
...from Cairo to Riyadh to Baghdad and Beirut, people will live in free and independent societies". Iran and Syria "will be peaceful nations, where today's oppression is a distant memory".
Al Qaeda, Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas "will be defeated, as Muslims across the region recognize the emptiness of the terrorists' vision", Bush predicted.
Bush will leave the White House with no two state deal in place between the Israelis and Palestinians, after seven years of attempts at solidifying a lasting peace.