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January 25, 2003

State Dept. report questions PA's recognition of Israel

The State Department wakes up!
WASHINGTON - The latest semi-annual State Department report on the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization explicitly states - for the first time - that the PA's failure to rein in terror raises questions about the Palestinians' recognition of the state of Israel's right to exist.

Based on this report, President George W. Bush determined last week that the PA is not meeting its commitment to fight terror.

The State Department report, compiled every six months under a congressional mandate (the PLO Commitments Compliance Act of 1989), reviews the activities of the PA and PLO to judge whether they are meeting the commitments undertaken in the Oslo Accords, including recognition of Israel's right to exist, acceptance of UN resolutions 242 and 338, a commitment to resolve conflict with Israel through negotiations and without violence, and a renunciation of terror.

"The PA has not taken sufficient steps to prevent violence by PA personnel," the report states, adding that "available evidence is that elements with varying degree of affiliation with the PLO and PA, specifically the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Tanzim and members of PA security forces, were frequently involved in acts of violence against Israelis."