Glenn Kessler reports on the disclosure of a 2004 letter from President Bush purporting to acquiesce to expanded Israeli settlements (1) while Prime Minister Olmert mulls supporting a new bill to compensate settlers for leaving the occupied territories (2). New movements build speculation on the possibility of a peace deal between Syria and Israel (6) (9). Richard Hass discusses a future world absent dominant world powers (8). Finally, President Bush prepares his agenda for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ forthcoming visit.

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