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September 11, 2003 |
Mahmoud Abbas stepped down as Palestinian prime minister on Saturday. Wednesday, Ahmed Qurei confirmed that he had agreed to serve as the new prime minister. The Abbas government failed because he relied on a severely flawed U.S. "road map" and on Israel's good faith, and on his own people's willingness to give him some breathing room. He was wrong on all counts. But the United States can still rescue the road map. Abbas took office with a powerful challenge to Palestinians who had relied on violence to defeat Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
August 27, 2004
Building more housing units in West Bank settlements may be a smart, even necessary, domestic political move for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who recently put out a call for construction bids. His plan to unilaterally disengage Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip continues to face opposition from hard-line members of his own Likud party and from others in his governing coalition. But President Bush only further undercut his own rutted peace plan, known as the "road map," by recently reversing his earlier, public stance and quietly approving of Sharon's plan, which would result in more settlers in the West Bank.
March 30, 2003 |
The road to Baghdad is turning out to be a road to the "road map," as well. Tony Blair insists that both roads be driven at the same time. The "road map" is a plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, forged by the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. Its goal is to establish a fully independent Palestinian state alongside Israel by 2005. Pin another medal for leadership on the breast of the British prime minister. Blair says he's determined to resolve this horrid conflict.
May 12, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has been urging Israelis and Palestinians to begin implementing a new Mideast peace plan, and yesterday he said he had found enough consensus to move forward. In the West Bank city of Jericho, Powell asked new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to quickly begin dismantling violent Palestinian factions in order to strengthen his two-week-old government and lay the groundwork for negotiations. Abbas responded positively to Powell's plea to "move decisively and quickly to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.
July 31, 2003 |
When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited with President Bush this week, he asked a question on the minds of many Israelis: What if the road map for peace fails? While Sharon reaffirmed his government's commitment to seeking ways to make the U.S.-backed plan work, the increasing evidence that the Palestinians are unable or unwilling to keep their end of the bargain raises the question of what to do if the peace efforts collapse. To date, it seems, none of the four architects of the road map - the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the United States - has given much thought to the prospect of failure.
May 27, 2003 |
Does rising excitement over the "road map" for Middle East peace mean a breakthrough is imminent? Possibly. But even more than the adversaries themselves, much depends on how far the Bush administration is willing to go, how much it intends to risk. Analysts and commentators in the Arab world and inside Israel say America must present a sharp picture of its own vision for a two-state solution and make Israelis and Palestinians pay a heavy price for failing to abide. "Is it a different ball game?
April 27, 2003 |
"Performance based. . . . Goal driven. . . . A permanent two-state solution. " The slow-aborning "road map" for Middle East peace does not stint on lofty language. Conceived as a framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the multiphase plan is to be announced publicly after the ratification of Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas and his new cabinet. He presented the cabinet last week following hard bargaining with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, who reluctantly agreed to share some power.
June 19, 2003 |
Can terrorist attacks on Israel be stopped and the new, Bush-backed Mideast peace process take off? A large part of the answer lies on this windy, rocky hilltop in the southernmost part of the West Bank. Here sits Asael, a collection of eight house trailers, seven adults, three dogs, a water tower and a handful of soldiers to guard them, that make up a settlement outpost. Asael is one of 62 nascent Jewish colonies that have been set up unofficially by zealous young Israelis since Ariel Sharon came to office.
April 14, 2003 |
Shimon Peres, the longtime Israeli leader who negotiated the Oslo accords with the Palestinians nearly a decade ago, predicted at the University of Pennsylvania last night that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq would transform the Middle East - Arab nations and Israel alike. Israelis, Peres said, will get a chance to revive failed peace talks as the Bush administration shows new interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Arab world, he said, will see "free, open and honest democracy" take shape in Iraq, and will like it. "In Iraq, for the first time, they are discovering that it is not modernity but tradition that threatens their lives.