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Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Roadmap? What Roadmap? by Jeff Jacoby

The US-sponsored "road map" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not a very challenging document. The text, which is posted at the State Department website, is only 4-1/2 pages long, and most of it is written in reasonably clear English. Anyone willing to invest 15 minutes in reading it can glean a pretty good idea of its terms.

And yet a surprising number of people one might expect to be familiar with the road map seem not to know what it says.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, for example.

In an interview last week with Lally Weymouth of Newsweek and The Washington Post, Abbas said he had discussed the road map four times with Ariel Sharon and was "waiting to see" if the Israeli prime minister would deliver on his commitments.

"Does that mean freezing settlements?" Weymouth asked.

"Not this only," Abbas answered, "but all the items stipulated in the road map -- freeing the prisoners . . ."

"But the issue of prisoners is not in the road map," Weymouth objected.

"It is in the road map," Abbas insisted.

In fact, it isn't in the road map.
Read the rest at Jewish World Review. It's good!