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(Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan) Shalom: PA needs to back words with actions
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 December 2004 | JPOST.COM STAFF

Posted on 12/22/2004 9:10:19 AM PST by anotherview

Dec. 22, 2004 18:04 | Updated Dec. 22, 2004 18:38
FM Shalom: PA needs to back words with actions

In an interview with Army Radio Wednesday evening, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said that despite positive rhetoric, the Palestinian Authority has as of yet done nothing to reduce terrorism.

Although the late Yasser Arafat was replaced with an apparently more moderate leadership which has claimed willingness to return to the negotiating table, Shalom said that they are sending a positive message but will ultimately be tested by their actions, not by their words.

"The attempts to harm us with terrorist attacks continue - even today there was a very serious shooting attack. These things continue and we do not see any effort [to stop them] on the side of the Palestinian Authority," Shalom said.

Shalom was speaking subsequent to a day of meetings between British Prime Minster Tony Blair and leading PA candidate Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

In a press conference delivered side by side with Blair, Abbas reemphasized the Palestinian Authority's willingness to negotiate. Tony Blair, on the other hand, stressed that an end to terror is a prerequisite to reviving the road map plan for peace.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: intifada; nochange; pa; palestinians; shalom; silvanshalom; terrorism; terrorists
I hope the Foreign Minister isn't holding his breath waiting for change.
1 posted on 12/22/2004 9:10:20 AM PST by anotherview
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The day that the Philistine Authority actually takes actions to who that it means genuine peace, not a phoney peace they'll use as a tactical stage toward Israel's destruction, is the day that hippos fly and a very hot place freezes over.

2 posted on 12/22/2004 11:21:20 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of shucking and jiving)
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