I stumbled across the Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) and was drawn to the PLO perspective on their progress in meeting their obligations of the Road Map. For instance:
palestinian obligation: Palestinian leadership issues an 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.”
“Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism.”
Among the Actions Taken: · PA Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, issued the following statement to the Israeli government and the Israeli public:
“-We want a lasting peace with you achieved through negotiations.”
“-We denounce terrorism by any party and in all its shapes and forms both because of our religious and moral traditions and because we are convinced that such methods do not lend support to a just cause like ours, but rather destroy it.”
“-I repeat, there is no military solution to this conflict.” (29 April 2002)
Status: SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED. President Arafat is prepared to reiterate past statements and to comply fully with this obligation. read it all...
This fantastic vision of their accomplishments and readiness for governing themselves shows me that common diplomatic language is probably not the best way to communicate with Arafat et al. Although the inclusion of factual information doesn't make this report card any less delusional, it does show you how wide apart our perceptions of the situation are.
Looking at the reality of the region's history has led me to conclude that until the Arabs realize they have been utterly defeated there is little chance for a meaningful and lasting peace for Israel. The Quartet's Road Map is doomed to fail just as every plan before. By negotiating with a small group of Arabs and denying that the surrounding Arab states are the biggest part of the problem, we are giving up on any real chance for peace. The conflict is among all Arabs and Israel. It is NOT an Israeli - palestinian dispute. For 55 years the Arabs have deluded themselves into thinking they will be victorious in the war they started in 1948. They still can't admit Israel defeated them so easily.
For 55 years the Arabs have been trying to make the world believe that it was the palestinians who were defeated instead of Syrians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Iraqis. For 55 years they have tried to convince the world that the Israelis have been the aggressors and that poor, peace-loving palestinians have been subjugated and brutalized. They've had some success by repeating the lies so often and pointing fingers at the Jews, all while subjugating and brutalizing their palestinian brothers . For 55 years they've deluded themselves. I is now time for them to face reality.