Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Abu Mazen's Turn

In comments, find excerpted from Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen's statement at the Sharm e-Sheikh summit -- taken from The Jerusalem Post.


At 1:21 PM, Blogger Esther said...

"We have agreed with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on an end to all acts of violence against Israelis and Palestinians wherever they are.

"The quiet that our land is experiencing today is a new beginning toward attaining peace. What we declared today represents the implementation of the first part of the road map which is a very important step that would facilitate an opportunity to resume the political process and bring it back on track, where the two peoples gain hope and trust back and have a possibility to achieve peace.

"... As concerns an end to settlements and the release of prisoners, our stance is clear. It will prompt us to move forward in the road map framework to attain a permanent accord in order to reach the 1967 borders including a solution to the problems of Jerusalem, the refugees, and the settlements...

"The time has come for the Palestinian people to achieve their independence and their freedom. The time has come for our people to live in peace, like all peoples within the framework of the law. It is important that all this be under the auspices of a single authority; a sole bearer of arms.

"Here at Sharm, a city of peace, we again declare in the name of the PLO and the PA on our obligations to peace, to international agreements, and to the agreements between the PLO and Israel.

"We aspire to reach that day as quickly as possible, through dialogue. We want neighborly relations and coexistence without a fence. Let s all pledge that the aspirations to peace become reality.

"Let us start using the language of negotiations instead of the language of bullets and cannons."

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Esther said...

"The time has come for our people to live in peace, like all peoples within the framework of the law."

This statement, as with many others in his speech, could have been achieved long ago if they resisted terror. For every thing he points to as needing to change, never would have happened in the first place if they could only play nice with neighbors.

I still worry this whole thing is complete horse-pucky. BUT, if they are given their own state and then there is an attack on Israel, that is a whole new ball game and will take this war to a new level. So is Bush's plan to give the PA enough rope to hang themselves?

At 4:22 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Pretty good for a Holocaust denier.

Yeah, I figured from the first time I heard of Sharon's disengagement plan that it was a step on the way to one sovereign state defending itself from another. Palestinian Arabs have long enjoyed "refugee" status and carte blanche in killing Israelis without the PA being brought to account. That'll change if they've got their own state.

It's just really a pity that our relations with Israel are clouded due to our dependence on Arab oil. Otherwise, I imagine that the Palestinian Arabs would have been forcibly relocated to Jordan by now, which is, after all, the Arab state in Palestine.


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