Road map to nowhere (JEWISH WORLD REVIEW) CAL THOMAS 12/24/02)
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On the Yahoo map Web site, there is an advisory: "When using any
driving directions, or map, it is a good idea to do a reality check
and make sure the road still exists .. "
That´s good advice for the Bush administration´s Middle East "road
map " it vainly hopes will bring peace to that troubled region.
As reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and Israeli Radio on
Dec. 22, the United States has given the third draft of the road map
to the Palestinian Authority and asked for a response.
The document - composed by the United States, Russia, the United
Nations and the European Union (three of which have demonstrated
their antipathy toward Israel) - contains a detailed plan for the
establishment of a Palestinian state with transitional borders by the
end of 2003 and final borders by the end of 2005. Implementation of
the various stages of the plan depends on the parties´ performance.
There is no reason to expect this road map will succeed when
previous "peace agreements " requiring the signatories to live up to
the documents they signed have failed. The Palestinian side broke
every provision of the Oslo accords. They did nothing to stop terror
attacks against Israeli civilians. They violated limitations on the
number and types of arms, as well as the size of their "police
force, " which now resembles a small army. While Israel relinquished
territory it had held to bolster its security needs, the giving up of
land did not bring Israel any closer to peace. It simply brought
Israel´s enemies closer to their repeatedly stated objective - to
grab all the land and to make it free of Jews.
Why should the Palestinian Authority give up anything when it gets
everything it wants by continuing to use terror? If Yasser Arafat
does not comply with agreements he signs, the United States, the
United Nations, Russia and the European Union simply offer him new
deals and apply pressure only on Israel to live up to their
Under the latest draft version of the road map, the anticipated
Palestinian state will not have full sovereignty (a bow to Israel´s
concern that it would be more difficult to invade a sovereign state
to repel terrorists), but "certain attributes of sovereignty. " This
is like being partially pregnant. Once a Palestinian state is
conceived, it will be nearly impossible to prevent its birth.
The draft calls on the Palestinian side to "dismantle " the terrorist
infrastructure and also to "confront " anyone involved in terrorist
activity. The Palestinians are also required to collect unauthorized
weapons in the first stage of the plan´s implementation. And in what
may be the biggest howler of all, the latest draft calls on Arab
countries to terminate any financial support for the terrorist
organizations and for "all other forms of support for terrorism. "
Shall we start with Saudi Arabia, which has just given more than $1
million to the PLO?
The fundamental flaw in the road map remains the belief that once the
Palestinian side has a state of its own, it will be content to leave
the state of Israel alone. The historical evidence and statements by
Arafat and others give no reason to place any hope in such an
outcome. Arafat has repeatedly pledged to take back Israel in its
entirety, either all at once or piece by piece. That is the only
pledge he can be relied upon to keep.
Comedian Dennis Miller recently summed things up for those who have
difficulty understanding the problem: "Think of all the Arab
countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches
sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if
Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be
pals. Really? But what about the string of wars to obliterate the
tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive every
Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding. "
As Yahoo warns, before using any map, it is a good idea to do a
reality check and make sure the road still exists. For Israel, this
road map leads not to peace but to destruction. (© 2002, TMS 12/24/02)
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