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March 17, 2003

Update on ME news items

Links and summary to some 15 articles
To date, Arafat has failed to rein in militants President Bush on Friday said his administration could soon propose its long-anticipated new "road map" for Middle East peace - if the Palestinian authority confirms a prime minister with adequate powers. (9) Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company Privacy Policy Israeli forces killed an American woman and two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in a fresh blow to U.S. hopes of calming Israeli-Palestinian violence ahead of a possible war with Iraq. (2) Israel has disputed some parts of the plan, saying moving from stage to stage must depend on whether the Palestinians meet their commitments. (4) At least 1,932 Palestinians and 726 Israelis have been killed since the uprising began President Bush said Friday he would endorse a path toward Palestinian statehood immediately after the confirmation of a Palestinian prime minister. (11) After the appointment of Mahmoud Abbas, known also as Abu Mazen, as prime minister is confirmed, Bush plans to present Israel and the Palestinians with a "road map" for peace. (10) Bush linked the step to political reform by the Palestinians Bush timed the unveiling of the road map to the confirmation of a Palestinian prime minister, a move that could occur by the end of next week. (13) links to articles