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November 21, 2002

Revised "road map" asks for immediate Israeli acceptance of Palestinian state

Let me first begin by saying I am probably much more to the Left than many pro-Israeli bloggers. But I am not by any stretch of the imagination naive enough to think that turning over all lands taken in war will end terror. Second, I firmly believe that what is taken in a war is not (never) given back without having a peace accord in advance. Nations simply do not reocgnize a time cap that says you must after X nuymber of years return all lands taken for which your people died in an attempt to survive. Next, while the Road discussed here sounds like a not-bad idea, there are no assurances that terror will stop. In fact, I would insist that the leaders of all terror groups pledge that they too would end their murdering of innocents before any recognition is put into place. Simply put: no full agreement on terms, no accepting a roadmap that goes to no destination other than having a Palestinian state.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan al-Muasher said the revised "road map" to Middle East peace would be presented on December 20.
A road map that leads straight back to Oslo
Natan Sharansky

Sharon criticizes provisions of American peace "road map"

The revised "road map" to Middle East peace being prepared by the United States and other members of the so-called Quartet reportedly calls on Israel to immediately announce its recognition of a Palestinian state, which would be established already in 2003. Israel would also be required to freeze settlement activities while the Palestinians would unconditionally cease all terror activities.

Israeli officials have yet to receive a copy of the revised document, which was originally presented to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on his recent visit to Washington. Even so, copies of the revised "road map" leaked to the Arab media and were received in Jerusalem. American officials told Israel that this was not a new draft, but rather an "evolving" document that was constantly changing. The Americans said the plan could still change after consideration of Israeli reservations over its conditions, Yediot Aharonot reported.

Housing Minister Natan Sharansky told U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage yesterday in Washington that the American-led peace plan should wait until after the Israeli general elections on January 28, 2003. "We feel that it's better to, with all the reservations which we have... postpone this discussion [until] after elections in Israel. The political campaign... will make it almost impossible to have deep, rational... discussions," he said.