Sunday, November 20, 2005

Remember the Roadmap?

My question of the day is - has the Palestinian Authority ever fulfilled a single obligation under the "roadmap" since 2003 vis-a-vis Israel and terror?

Let's take a look at the specific Palestinian obligations in this area and whether the PA has done any of them:
  • At the outset of Phase I:

    Palestinian leadership issues unequivocal statement reiterating Israel's right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere. All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.
Um, no.
  • Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism and undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conduction and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere.
  • Rebuilt and refocused Palestinian Authority security apparatus begins sustained, targeted, and effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure. This includes commencing confiscation of illegal weapons and consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption.
Uhhhh, no.
  • All Palestinian security organizations are consolidated into three services reporting to an empowered Interior Minister.
  • Arab states cut off public and private funding and all other forms of support for groups supporting and engaging in violence and terror.
Looks like Syria didn't get the memo. But Iran dodged the bullet - it isn't Arab!

The PA did fulfill some meaningless political obligations - drafting a worthless constitution, appointing a toothless prime minister - but as far as any agreements with Israel are concerned, it looks like the record is pretty much 0 for 5.

And remember that the way that the roadmap was written was that the first bullet item was required before any other moves were made (as well as a reciprocal agreement from Israel to stop incitement and agreeing to a two-state solution, which it clearly has.)

Good stuff to remember whenever the press mentions supposed violations of the roadmap by Israel.