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Sunday, May 18, 2003

Replace the Road Map
Replace the Road Map with either the Elon plan (see below) or the Dershowitz plan.

March 11, 2002, Alan Dershowitz published (op-ed, Jerusalem Post) a plan that I believe deserves serious consideration:

"An alternative approach would be to announce in advance that Israel is prepared to give back most of the occupied territory in the event of peace -- which it has already essentially done -- but every act of terrorism will result in an automatic and permanent decrease of a specific portion of the land mass that eventually would constitute the Palestinian state. Again, this decision would have to be announced in advance with the approval of all Israeli parties who would be involved in a peace deal. The land that would be surrendered by the future Palestinian state to Israel in response to every terrorist act would be immediately annexed to Israel and be deemed a permanent part of the Jewish state, ceded to it by the deliberate acts of the terrorists. This would send a clear message that every act of terrorism will hurt the Palestinian cause, making a reality out of President George W. Bush's statement following the terrorist murder of Daniel Pearl: '[Terrorists] need to know that these crimes only hurt their cause.'"

Right on, Alan.