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May 01, 2003

Martin Kimel on The Road Map

An Immediate Problem with the Road Map (text here). At the outset of "Phase I" -- which has to be the shortest phase in the history of such plans, as it spans "the present to May 2003" -- Israel's leadership is supposed to issue an unequivocal statement affirming its commitment to the two-state vision of an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel, as expressed by President Bush, and calling for an immediate end to violence against Palestinians everywhere.

But Israel, in good conscience, cannot subscribe to a fully sovereign Palestinian state, which means a militarized state, next door in three years or less. Maybe one day, after trust has been built, but not by 2005. It should stick to principle here; after all, the road map is something being imposed on Israel, not negotiated by Israel.
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Even Bush's prepared statement on the release of the road map can't avoid casting the parties as morally equivalent:

Both Israelis and Palestinians have suffered from the terror and violence, and from the loss of hope in a better future of peace and security.