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|06/09/02 at 12:58:27|
here are some of the funniest lines, in my opinion:
Israel entered the West Bank only after its cities and airports had come under heavy fire.
heavy fire? from what weaponry?
Under Resolution 242, which became the cornerstone of peacemaking,
translation: "this is the only resolution we're able to understand the words of."
In the nearly two years of the Palestinian intifada
two years? i thought it was more like 20 - can't read and can't count either?
Nonetheless, the Palestinian leadership decided to initiate the current war against Israel
Palestine has not yet even begun to "war" on israel...
Israel has made painful concessions for peace before
:-/ just too funny for words, except two: swiss cheese! (the map of proposed "boundaries")
i don't know who's scarier as a leader, little george or this guy....... this guy's like reagan - upfront about his hatred and plans, george is dangerous in a far different way, by his immense lack of understanding of what's going on around him...
June 9, 2002
The Way Forward in the Middle East
By ARIEL SHARON
JERUSALEM — Thirty-five years ago, on June 5, 1967, the start of the Six
Day War, Israel faced a threat to its very existence as a coalition of Arab armies
massed their troops along the fragile armistice lines that had separated
Arab and Israeli forces since 1949. Along the hills of the West Bank, which had
occupied by the Jordanians, armored and infantry units were deployed,
ready to cut Israel's narrow coastal plain, which was only eight miles wide at
third of the Iraqi army was crossing Jordanian territory, ready to join the
coalition against Israel. The declared goal of the attack was Israel's elimination.
Israel entered the West Bank only after its cities and airports had come under
heavy fire. Israeli actions were legal — resulting from a clear-cut war of
For that reason, the United Nations Security Council determined in a historic
decision, Resolution 242, that Israel was entitled to "secure and recognized
and was not expected to withdraw from all the territories that its forces had
entered — and from which it was attacked — in the Six Day War. In effect, the
established that these were disputed territories where Israel had legitimate
rights to defensible borders, besides the claims of the Arab parties to the
Under Resolution 242, which became the cornerstone of peacemaking, Israel
withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula in accordance with the 1979 peace treaty
It was under the principles of Resolution 242 that Israel attended the 1991
Madrid peace conference where President George H. W. Bush spoke about a
compromise" between the parties. And again in line with Resolution 242, Israel,
operating under the 1993 Oslo agreement, withdrew its military government
the Palestinian population so that by 1999, 98 percent of the Palestinians in the
West Bank and Gaza were under Palestinian rule.
Nonetheless, the Palestinian leadership decided to initiate the current war
against Israel after the failure of the Camp David summit in July 2000. Rather
resolve Israeli-Palestinian differences peacefully, it deliberately promoted a
wave of terrorist attacks against the people of Israel. It failed to implement its
obligations to dismantle international terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic
Jihad. Instead it provided them with sanctuary in the area under its jurisdiction.
unleashed some of its most loyal forces, like the Tanzim militia of the Fatah
movement and the presidential guard, Force 17, against Israeli civilians.
Arafat's personal financial adviser, Fuad Shubaki, not only paid for many of
these attacks, but also organized a consortium of Middle Eastern terrorism built
Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Iran.
Despite this situation, there is a way forward. First, Israel must defeat
terrorism; it cannot negotiate under fire. Israel has made painful concessions
for peace before
and will demonstrate diplomatic flexibility to make peace again, but it requires
first and foremost a reliable partner for peace. In 1977, when Egyptian
Anwar el-Sadat came to Jerusalem, he told the people of Israel, "No more wars."
From that point onward, the threat of violence was removed from the
Egyptian-Israeli relationship as both negotiated their 1979 Treaty of Peace.
King Hussein of Jordan followed the same pattern in 1994. This elementary
to permanently renouncing violence in the resolution of political differences has
unfortunately not been kept by the present Palestinian leadership.
Second, when Israel and the Palestinians eventually re-engage in negotiations,
diplomacy must be based on realism. The race to a permanent-status agreement
Camp David and in talks at Taba, Egypt, in January 2001 failed because the gaps
between the parties were too wide. The only serious option for a successful
settlement is one based on a long-term interim agreement that sets aside for the
future issues that cannot be bridged at present.
In the nearly two years of the Palestinian intifada, the people of Israel have seen
Israel's vulnerabilities exploited, its holy sites desecrated and massive
smuggled and used against Israel's cities. For this reason, Israel will not return
to the vulnerable 1967 armistice lines, redivide Jerusalem or concede its right
defensible borders under Resolution 242. Movement from a long-term interim
agreement to a permanent settlement can only be guided by changes in the reality
Israeli-Palestinian relations on the ground and not by a rigid timetable.
Finally, in order to reach a stable peace there has to be regional scope to
diplomacy. In the Six Day War, Israel faced a coalition of Arab states. It is logical
cannot reach a permanent peace with the Palestinians in isolation. Israel needs
peace with the entire Arab world. For this reason, Israel has proposed a regional
conference of like-minded Middle Eastern states that reject terrorism and seek
to enhance regional stability. The idea of the conference is based on the principle
eradicating terrorism will set the stage for peacemaking, and not the reverse.
A little over a decade ago, the American victory in the Persian Gulf war
established the necessary conditions for convening the Madrid peace conference.
It was proved
then that security is the prerequisite of peace. Similarly, a victory in the war
on terrorism today will provide a new diplomatic basis for a stable Middle East
Ariel Sharon is the prime minister of Israel.
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