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Palestinian Arab Violations of President Bush's "Road Map" Plan: A Survey of Week #18
ZOA ^ | September 2, 2003

Posted on 09/03/2003 9:24:44 AM PDT by yonif

BACKGROUND:

   On June 24, 2002, President Bush set forth the conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill in order to merit U.S. support for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state. Among the major obligations are that the Palestinian Arabs must "dismantle the terrorist infrastructure," "end incitement," "elect new leaders not compromised by terror," and unequivocally embrace democracy and free market economics. None of those conditions were fulfilled.

   In March 2003, Yasir Arafat chose Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the number two man in the PLO since the 1960s, as the new prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Mazen took office on April 29, 2003. Less than a day later, the Bush administration unveiled its "Road Map" plan, which set forth conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill prior to the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

   The Road Map stipulates that the Palestinian Arabs are required to undertake concrete steps to combat terrorist groups and democratize Palestinian Arab society. Those obligations, which are quoted below, were supposed to have been fulfilled during Phase 1 of the Road Map, which concluded at the end of May 2003, but they were not.

   This report analyzes Palestinian Arab violations of those obligations during the 18th week following the unveiling of the Road Map plan, August 26 - Sept. 1, 2003.


I. "Cease All Violence"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map states: "In Phase 1 [May 2003], the Palestinians immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence." They did not do so.

   What They Did During Week #18: During week #18, August 26 - Sept.1, 2003, there were at least 21 terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 1 person was murdered and 1 wounded.

   (During the first 18 weeks since Abu Mazen became prime minister and the Road Map was published, there have been a total of 453 Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 77 people were murdered and 485 wounded.)

   August 26: Three terrorists arrested in Shechem (Nablus) while preparing an attack.

   August 27: Stabbing attack near Tomb of Rachel ... Rocket fired at an Israeli town in the western Negev ... Bomb discovered in Tulkarm ... Terrorist captured while planning a suicide attack.

   August 28: Rocket fired at Ashkelon ... Terrorist intercepted on his way to carry out a rocket attack ... Two bombs discovered near Ganei Tal ... Thirteen rocket attacks against Jewish neighborhoods and Israeli Army outposts in Gaza.

   August 29: Shooting attack near Ramallah; one murdered, one injured.

   August 30: Terrorists intercepted on their way to carry out a suicide attack near Oranit ... Terrorist intercepted in Jenin while preparing a suicide attack ... Three terrorists captured while preparing a car-bomb.

   August 31: Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers near Kalkilya ... Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers near the Israel-Egypt border ... Grenade attack on Israeli soldiers near the Israel-Egypt border ... Anti-tank missile fired at Israeli soldiers near the Israel-Egypt border.

   September 1: Four rocket attacks on Jewish neighborhoods in Gush Katif.


II. "Call for Recognizing Israel and Ending Violence"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "issue an unequivocal statement reiterating Israel's right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere."

   What They Did During Week #18: No such statement was issued. On June 4, speaking at the Aqaba summit, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) did say "we repeat our renunciation of terrorism against the Israelis wherever they might be." But PA Minister of Information Nabil Amr said (Doha Al-Jazira Television, June 14, 2003): "As regards the word 'terrorism', I do not know why when the Palestinians denounce the word terrorism, certain people think that this means resistance. There is no text anywhere that says that the Palestinian people's resistance is terrorism, which we denounce...Yes, we denounce terrorism. Anyone who says that denouncing terrorism means denouncing resistance is doing an injustice to legitimate resistance and is in effect labeling it with terrorism."


III. "Arrest, Disrupt, and Restrain Terrorists"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere."

   What They Did During Week #18: There have been occasional media reports of small numbers of terrorists being arrested by the PA, but then quickly released. The Jerusalem Post reported on July 21, 2003, that a senior Israeli Army official "said sometimes 'they [the PA police] arrest a militant under the most comfortable conditions possible and release him' within hours. The longest a militant has been held, he said, is four days."


IV. "Confiscate Terrorists' Weapons"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "commence confiscation of illegal weapons."

   What They Did During Week #18: On August 24, 2003, in response to U.S. pressure, the PA announced that it had sealed up several underground tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt to Palestinian Arab terrorists in Gaza. But Israeli government spokesman Dr. Dore Gold said: "The way to deal with the tunnels, which have been the main conduit for smuggling weapons, is to blow them up, and not shovel some sand at the Rafah exit point in front of a bunch of cameras. It's more for show than it is a turning point in Palestinian security policy." (New York Times, Aug.24, 2003)

   Similarly, in mid-July, there were media reports that PA security forces had confiscated 20 illegal weapons from individuals in Gaza. Israel Radio reported on July 12 that the individuals were common criminals, not terrorists. On July 14, after media reports claiming that PA policemen were searching cars for weapons, a "senior PA security official" denied the reports, telling the Jerusalem Post: "What you saw on television was not real; it was part of a drill. We carried out an exercise with the participation of 600 policemen. That's all." (Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2003)


V. "Dismantle the Terrorist Infrastructure"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to carry out the "dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure."

   What They Did During Week #17: The PA did not outlaw Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, or any other terrorist groups; there were no reports of the PA shutting down any bomb factories or terrorists' training camps; the PA continued to ignore Israel's 45 requests for the extradition of terrorists; there were no reports of the PLO leadership punishing PLO factions that are engaged in terrorism, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).


VI. "End All Incitement"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map requires that "all official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel."

   What They Did During Week #18: The PA's official newspapers, television, and radio continued to broadcast a steady stream of anti-Israel, anti-American, and pro-violence incitement, and PA officials continued to make inciting statements. In addition, there was no change in the PA's policy of inciting support for terror by publicly praising terrorists, naming streets after them, and paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and their families.


VII. "End Arab States' Support for Terror"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map states that during May 2003, "Arab states cut off public and private funding and all other forms of support for groups supporting and engaging in violence and terror."

   What They Did During Week #18: There were no reports of any Arab states cutting off their support for Palestinian Arab terrorist groups.


VIII. "Consolidate Security Forces"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to undertake "consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption"; and "all Palestinian security organizations are consolidated into three services reporting to an empowered interior minister."

   What They Did During Week #18: The Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported on May 5, 2003, that "five different PA security organizations, including Force 17 and the General Intelligence, remain under the direct command of Chairman Yasir Arafat" and have not been consolidated under the control of the Interior Minister. Military Intelligence, the National Security Forces, and the naval forces are also under Arafat's control. Only the remaining two security agencies are under the Interior Minister. Arafat's five are under the control of a newly-created agency, the National Security Council, chaired by Arafat and his close aide Hanni al-Hassan.


IX. "Institute Democratic Reforms"

   What They Are Required to Do: The Road Map requires the Palestinian Arabs to undertake a number of steps to transform their brutal, corrupt dictatorial regime into a full-fledged democracy, including "action on a credible process to draft constitution for Palestinian statehood"; the holding of "free, open, and fair elections"; and "steps to achieve genuine separation of powers, including any necessary Palestinian legal reforms for this purpose."

   What They Did During Week #18: No such steps were taken.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabs; bush; israel; palestinians; roadmap; terrorists; violations; waronterrorism; zoa

1 posted on 09/03/2003 9:24:45 AM PDT by yonif
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To: SJackson; Yehuda; Nachum; Paved Paradise; Mr. Mojo; Thinkin' Gal; Bobby777; adam_az; Alouette; ...
During the first 18 weeks since Abu Mazen became prime minister and the Road Map was published, there have been a total of 453 Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 77 people were murdered and 485 wounded.
2 posted on 09/03/2003 9:25:54 AM PDT by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: yonif
I am amazed Israel signed onto the roadmap.

After Gulf War I, 41 turned to the heroic Israelis and said, "I know Saddam hit you hard with the Scuds, and I know you turned your cheek, and I know that you won all this land AFTER being attacked in 48, 56, 67, 73, 80-3--now give up your rights. And 41 pushed the Israelis hard. Look at the results.

Now, after Gulf War II, 43 is bolder. He recognizes the PLO and Israel must concede more. France recognizes Hamas and Hezbollah as freedom fighters not terrorists. What in the world is going on? Israel's friends are proving her undoing!

It wasn't too long ago, back in early 80's, that Menachem Begin diplomatically told Reagan to pound sand with his "Mid-east peace plan." Begin asked rhetorically, "Are we your vassals?" Ah, but that was back in the old days when even Shimon Peres had balls. I mean, the Israelis would have control of the Bekaa if it wasn't for our meddling--hello Bekaa Valley! Syria controlled-Lebanon! Iraqi WMD and possible nukes stored there! High-grade herion! Sign says, "All terrorists welcome to Bekaa."

Rush Limbaugh is right with his oft coined "Limbaugh doctrine": Israel will have peace with her neighbors when she defeats their ambition of removing her. In other words, peace in the Middle East will be secured with her neighbors signing an unconditional surrender of all rights to her sovereignty, not the other way around.
3 posted on 09/03/2003 9:58:53 AM PDT by sully777 ([Ishmael]...a wild ass of a man, his hand against all, and the hand of everyone against him Gn16:12)
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To: yonif
bump for later reference
4 posted on 09/03/2003 12:10:59 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (If we accept responsibility for our own actions, we are indeed worthy of our freedom. Bill Whittle)
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