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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Argh, it's that pesky bias thing again

Washington Post: Arabs Outraged at Bush's Stance on Israel

Paragraph 8:
Palestinians want an independent state in all the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The so-called road map peace plan backed by Bush says they should have that state by next year. Sharon, though, has told Israelis his Gaza pullout plan could set back Palestinian statehood indefinitely.
This says "...all the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war." From whom? Though the writer is content to leave us with the impression that it was territory taken from the Palestinians, it wasn't. (They weren't even calling themselves that back then.) The 1967 war, forced on Israel by a number of Arab nations, was ended at a point where Israel commanded the terrority it now holds in the West Bank and Gaza. The land in the West Bank was captured, not from the Palestinians, but from Jordan; the land known as the Gaza strip was captured from Egypt.

Next point. "The. . . roadmap peace plan. . .says they should have that state by next year." The road map is actually titled, "A Performance-Based Roadmap" - Line One of Paragraph Two clearly states:
"A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be achieved through an end to violence and terrorism, when the Palestinian people have a leadership acting decisively against terror and willing and able to build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty. . . "
In order to merit U.S. and other foreign (Quartet) support for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state, the Palestinians agreed to the following stipulations:
"In Phase I, the Palestinians immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence."
In the 49 weeks since the Palestinians signed onto the roadmap, have you noticed one single week when they didn't perpetrate violent attacks against Israelis? There have been, in these 49 weeks, a total of at least 1,121 Palestinian Arab attacks or attempted attacks, in which 176 people have been murdered and almost a thousand wounded.

On January 15, 2004, PA Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath said the PA "is capable to stop all anti-Israeli attacks provided the Israelis reciprocate in kind." In point of fact, the PA committed themselves -by virtue of agreement to the roadmap- to stopping all attacks, regardless of any so-called "reciprocation."

The roadmap also obligates the Palestinians
to "issue an unequivocal statement reiterating Israel's right to exist in peace and security";

to "undertake visible efforts on the gound to arrest, disrupt and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere;"

"to commence confiscation of illegal weapons" and dismantle "terrorist capabilities and infrastructure" and

"to end incitement against Israel"

to undertake "consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption"

to undertake steps to transform their governing authority into a full-fledged democracy including "action on a credible process to draft constitution for Palestinian statehood" and the holding of "free open and fair elections."
They have done none of this. They haven't even attempted any of it.

So you see, when this yahoo-impersonating-a-journalist says that they should be given a state next year, as if it's being withheld for some politically manipulative or cruel reason, they are way off the mark, and as ignorant as the day is long.

Oh, and the part about Sharon volunteering to expel all 8,000 Jews from Gaza simply to thwart a Palestinian state? Why would he bother? Haven't the Palestinians fully seen to it that no such entity can be born? To insinuate such a thing about Sharon is beneath contempt; it sounds like the rest of the BS coming out of the PA. Let's not even go there (tonight).