The deaths in Palestine? You can add them to Bush's account. A fascinating piece at Washington Note leads to a review of Taba, the negotiations taking place in the Sinai Peninsula just as Clinton was stepping down. We are reminded that an effective agreement between Palestine and Israel was in progress just as George W. Bush came into office. Bush didn't pick up the ball.
Evidence to support this view is provided by David Matz in the Palestine - Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture concerning a joint statement. He notes that, "The Taba negotiation began on Sunday evening, January 21, and ended on Saturday afternoon, January 27 . At the closing press conference, the parties issued this joint statement: 'The sides declare that they have never been closer to reaching an agreement and it is thus our shared belief that the remaining gaps could be bridged with the resumption of negotiations following the Israeli election'."
Absent any focus from the Bush administration, Ehud Barak tossed the ball into the trash.