Top Ten Signs we’re making progress towards peace

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday for the first time since Feb. 19 at the urging of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who dropped by briefly a week earlier to declare the peace process was “moving in the right direction.”

President Bush is still saying he expects a peace agreement before he leaves office in nine months, and Olmert and Abbas are making similar claims while accusing each other of foot-dragging.

Since none of them is offering any evidence to back up their optimism, here is my Top 10 list of signs of progress to look for in your cup of Mideast tea leaves to help you judge whether this peace process is serious: