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Monday, August 25, 2003

Washington Times: Salvaging the road map

One of the problems with reading so many newspapers online, is that sometimes I can't tell an editorial from an op-ed. Since unsigned, I gather this is an editorial. It's quite amazing.
Clearly, at the present time, the crux of the problem lies with the Palestinian side. We're willing to assume that, unlike Mr. Arafat, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is acting in good faith, and wants to reach a final settlement under which his people live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. But the suicide attack in Jerusalem clearly demonstrates that his efforts to plead with and cajole hardened terrorist groups like Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to stop targeting Israelis have been an abject failure. It is clear that, in the absence of decisive action by the Palestinians, up to and including the willingness to wage a civil war against the rejectionists, there can be no progress toward peace.
It also puts forward a good strong defense of the Sharon government, calling the prime minister "a man often miscaricatured." Read it all.