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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Road Map Scorecard: Palestinians "0"

Are the Palestinians living up to their commitmants as laid down in the road map? Not according to Michael Freund, writing in the Jewish World Review.

Road Map: The Palestinians are required to immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence. According to statistics compiled by the IDF, there were 142 Palestinian terror attacks in the 10 days prior to the Aqaba summit. But in the 10 days immediately following it, there were 154 an increase of almost 10%. These included shootings, stabbings, bombings, rocket attacks against Jewish communities, and the detonation of explosive devices against civilian vehicles."

A 5-year-old Israeli girl and her mother are rushed to Beilinson Hospital after their family was gunned down in a terrorist ambush attack on their car late last night. 7-year-old Noam Leibowitz, daughter and sister of those pictured, was killed. The girls' grandfather was wounded as well. Arafat's Al Aqsa Brigades was among those who claimed responsibility.

Road Map: Abu Mazen at Aqaba: "We will also act vigorously against incitement and violence and hatred . . . " Two days later, the official Palestinian radio broadcast Friday sermons; a Muslim preacher denounced the establishment of the State of Israel as a "disaster" and a "catastrophe." A week later, "O Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. . . destroy the United States and its allies."

Etc. etc. yadda, yadda, yadda.