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May 23, 2003

Will Israel accept the Roadmap?

Read all news articles carefully. A statement released by Sharon's office said:
"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has informed the United States that the state of Israel is prepared to accept the steps prescribed in the road map and that the matter will be brought before the Cabinet for approval."
This is a far cry from saying they will accept the Roadmap. Watch for the difference. Most news articles miss the distinction and assume they are the same.

To my mind, the steps are mere technicalities. What I didn't like were the parameters within which the final issues must be settled. They included the Saudi "Peace Plan".

Now that Israel is being forced to "accept " the Plan, I haven't noticed that Mazen's cabinet has accepted the Plan. We are just told that the "Palestinians" have accepted the Plan with reservations.