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March 14, 2003

Its the Bush road map not the quartet road map

Ha'aretz reports on Bush's speech as follows.

Basically we see eye-to-eye with President Bush, we share his vision, and like President Bush we believe that only when there is a (Palestinian) prime minister fully empowered and committed to fighting terror will Israel be able to consider negotiations," said Jonathan Peled, the Israeli government spokesman

"To be a credible and responsible partner, the new Palestinian prime minister must hold a postion of real authority," Bush said. "We expect that such a ... prime minister will be confirmed soon. Immediately upon confirmation, the road map for peace will be given to the Palestinians and the Israelis."

A senior administration official said that if the appointee was deemed credible by the U.S., Bush would move quickly to unveil his plan.

The government of Israel, as the terror threat is removed and security improves, must take concrete steps to support the emergence of a viable and credible Palestinian state and to work as quickly as possible toward a final status agreement," he said.

"As progress is made toward peace, settlement activity in the occupied territories must end," he declared.

"And the Arab states must oppose terrorism, support the emergence of a peaceful and democratic Palestine and state clearly that they will live in peace with Israel."
This not the Quartet Road Map. It is the Bush Road Map. This is not a joint announcement by Bush and the Quartet. All Bush's guidlines are there. New leadership, first an end to terror then an end to settlements but not withdrawal of settlements. And once again we hear Israel and Bush see "eye to eye".

One more thing. I predict that a deal has been done. The Quartet will approve the War on Iraq and they will get some influence on the Pal/ Israel solution.