Israel to Washington: Hold your horses (JERUSALEM NEWSWIRE) Editorial Staff 01/31/05)
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JERUSALEM - PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’s effort to temporarily curb anti-
Jewish terror is a move in right direction, but is still insufficient
to warrant the start of negotiations on a permanent peace settlement
between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
That is the message Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s bureau chief Dov
Weisglass will carry with him when he meets with US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice Monday, according to The Jerusalem Post .
Weisglass is expected to tell Rice Israel will not agree to full-
fledged final status negotiations until the PA meets its long overdue
commitment to eliminate the threat of Islamic terror emanating from
territories under its control.
The current Abbas-brokered hudna, or temporary truce, fails to
fulfill that commitment, as it allows the terrorist infrastructure to
remain intact and armed.
Israel remains adamant there can be no short-cuts through the US-
backed Road Map peace plan, the first phase of which obligates the PA
to disarm and dismantle Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PLO’s satellite
Jerusalem has expressed concerns over recent European enthusiasm that
peace is just around the corner.
The EU has been pressuring both Israel and the PA to immediately take
advantage of what it says is the current “window of opportunity” to
restart full-blown talks.
Washington, one Israeli official told the Post , must not similarly
become “intoxicated by the new smell of peace in the air.”
Rice is scheduled to follow up her meeting with Weisglass with a
quick 24-hour visit to the Middle East Sunday to hold talks with
Israeli and PA leaders. (Copyright 2002-2005 Jerusalem Newswire.
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