Once Again: Ceasefire to be Announced (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 02/03/05)
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Five days before the Sharon-Mubarak-Abu Mazen summit meeting, reports
are that the Israeli and PA leaders will announce a total end to all
violence between them – and thus, an end to the Oslo War.
However, it´s also likely that this will not come without a price,
and that Abu Mazen will demand Israeli agreement to a non-conditional
renewal of the diplomatic process. He thus appears to be paving the
way for renewed violence - as previous ceasefires have been broken by
Palestinian terrorists´ murderous responses to the positions taken by
Israel in diplomatic negotiations.
In addition, Israel will have to make several "confidence-building
gestures" to the PA before the summit, and the security mini-Cabinet
is convening this morning to decide on them. The PA has demanded the
release of 1,000 imprisoned terrorists, including murderers, while
GSS chief Avi Dichter has approved a list of only 500 – including
none with "blood on their hands."
Israel is also likely to pardon arch-terrorist Muhammed Def, i.e.,
release him from the list of Israel´s most wanted. Def is responsible
for the deaths of 90 Israelis in terror attacks.
PA minister Saeb Erekat told Army Radio this morning Abu Mazen´s
conditions for announcing a complete cessation of violence: "If
Israel releases prisoners, stops construction in the settlements,
takes down the wall, and stops violence against Palestinians, then
the Palestinians will promise to stop the violence."
Defense Minister Sha´ul Mofaz is presenting his plan to withdraw
forces from five PA-controlled cities, and entrust security for
Jericho, Bethlehem, Kalkilye, Tul Karem and Ramallah in the hands of
the PA para-military forces. It is not clear whether these gestures
will be made contingent upon the disarming of the terrorist
organizations. Mofaz said, however, that he would like to see how the
PA handles one city before receiving control of the others.
IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Halutz said yesterday that if
Israel receives concrete intelligence on a terrorist´s plans to
perpetrate an attack, Israel will transfer the information to the PA
forces. Only if no action is taken by the PA will the IDF deal with
the threat, Halutz said.
Shimon Peres continues to show his ever-cautious optimism, telling
Army Radio this morning, "Arafat, in recent years, I don´t know if he
initiated terror acts, but he certainly didn´t prevent them. But now
we have a Palestinian leader who is genuinely trying to prevent
them... It´s a different situation."
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordan are
expected to announce, during the summit, the return of their
ambassadors to Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will be let in on the
decisions during her visit to Israel at the beginning of next week.
U.S. President George Bush, in his State of the Union address last
night, said that Rice will discuss with Sharon and Abbas "how we and
our friends can help the Palestinian people end terror and build the
institutions of a peaceful, independent democratic state. To promote
this democracy, I will ask Congress for $350 million to support
Palestinian political, economic, and security reforms. The goal of
two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in
peace is within reach - and America will help them achieve that goal."
Bush also had hints for Saudi Arabia and Egypt, saying that the
former should "expand the role of its people in determining their
future. And the great and proud nation of Egypt, which showed the way
toward peace in the Middle East, can now show the way toward
democracy in the Middle East." He had stronger words for Syria and
Iran, saying that the U.S. "must confront regimes that continue to
harbor terrorists and pursue weapons of mass murder. Syria still
allows its territory, and parts of Lebanon, to be used by terrorists
who seek to destroy every chance of peace in the region. You
[Congress] have passed - and we are applying - the Syrian
Accountability Act, and we expect the Syrian government to end all
support for terror and open the door to freedom. Today, Iran remains
the world´s primary state sponsor of terror, pursuing nuclear weapons
while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve. We
are working with European allies to make clear to the Iranian regime
that it must give up its uranium enrichment program and any plutonium
reprocessing and end its support for terror." (IsraelNationalNews ©
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