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Friday, July 18, 2003

This drives me CRAZY!

Check out this choice tidbit from Newsday.com:


Abbas Visit Raises Hopes

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas will seek U.S. help in winning Israeli implementation of the "road map" peace plan in talks with President George W. Bush later this month, Palestinian officials said yesterday.

A temporary cease-fire declared by Palestinian militants on June 29 has reduced violence, but progress on the peace plan has stalled.

Palestinians are hoping Abbas' meeting with Bush at the White House, set for July 25, will lead to Israeli moves such as dismantling more settlement outposts and withdrawing further from Palestinian towns. Abbas' government is also pushing for release of thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails, but that is not spelled out in the road map, which calls for an end to fighting and a Palestinian state by 2005.

Yesterday the White House officially confirmed the Abbas visit, noting that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to meet Bush four days later.

The only thing good about this is that it almost points out that Israel is not required by the roadmap to release prisoners. What it IGNORES is this first sentence of the road map text, under PHASE I: "The Palestinians immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence . . . "

Or how about this, beginning the second paragrah under PHASE I: "At the outset of Phase I: Palestinian leadership issues unequivocal statement regarding Israel's right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere."

During the first 11 weeks since Abu Mazen became prime minister and the Road Map was published, there have been a total of 321 Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 51 people were murdered and 317 wounded (see ZOA press release below).

Argh and grrrr. Write to Newsday: letters@newsday.com