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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Remember the roadmap?

Here are some of the requirements for the Palestinian Arabs under the "roadmap" that are considered way too onerous by them, so much so that they want to skip all of these Phase I steps and go right to the final status negotiations. We've also added a helpful description of why the Roadmap requirements are untenable from the Arab perspective.
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.
We can all understand how this is simply unacceptable. Ending violence and incitement would be antithetical to Palestinian Arab culture and is just a Western attempt to impose colonialist hegemony on the poor, semi-indigenous people.
* 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.
Another insane demand. Planning attacks against Israel helps foster community and unity among the PalArabs and to ask them to stop would be like asking them to stop breathing itself.

* 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.
Pure insanity. Expecting some 80,000 police to actually stop terror attacks is clearly untenable when the policemen are the people doing the attacks. One cannot expect the police to arrest each other, as that would negatively affect morale.
* Arab states cut off public and private funding and all other forms of support for groups supporting and engaging in violence and terror.
Clearly the infidel crusaders who drafted this obscene requirement do not understand the Muslim concept of Zaka, where Arab states give millions of dollars of charity towards Hamas and other charitable organizations dedicated to defending poor Palestinian Arabs from aggression by purchasing weapons and explosives. This is a religious and moral obligation!

One can now easily understand why Palestinian Arabs do not want to agree to any sort of preconditions to getting 100% of their demands met. It is obvious that these conditions are way beyond their capability - the roadmap was drafted back in 2003 and they have still not begun most of the Phase 1 requirements.

The fundamental problem is that the roadmap expects the PalArabs to act like human beings who actually respect life, and that is really a deal-breaker for them.