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Thursday, August 28, 2003

ZOA: Week 17 of the Road Trap

On June 24, 2002, President Bush set forth the conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill in order to merit U.S. support for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state. Among the major obligations are that the Palestinian Arabs must "dismantle the terrorist infrastructure," "end incitement," "elect new leaders not compromised by terror," and unequivocally embrace democracy and free market economics. None of those conditions were fulfilled.

In March 2003, Yasir Arafat chose Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the number two man in the PLO since the 1960s, as the new prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Mazen took office on April 29, 2003. Less than a day later, the Bush administration unveiled its "Road Map" plan, which set forth conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill prior to the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

The Road Map stipulates that the Palestinian Arabs are required to undertake concrete steps to combat terrorist groups and democratize Palestinian Arab society. Those obligations, which are quoted below, were supposed to have been fulfilled during Phase 1 of the Road Map, which concluded at the end of May 2003, but they were not.

During week #17, August 19 - August 25, 2003, there were at least 23 terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 21 people were murdered and 140 wounded.

During the first 17 weeks since Abu Mazen became prime minister and the Road Map was published, there have been a total of 432 Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 76 people were murdered and 484 wounded.

More at ZOA press release