THE BUSH PLAN:
On June 24, 2002, President Bush set forth the conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill in order to merit U.S. support for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state. Among the major obligations are that the Palestinian Arabs must "dismantle the terrorist infrastructure," "end incitement," "elect new leaders not compromised by terror," and unequivocally embrace democracy and free market economics.
This report analyzes Palestinian Arab actions during the 41st week following President Bush's speech, April 1 - April 7, 2003.
"Dismantle the Terrorist Infrastructure"
What They Must Do: President Bush said that the Palestinian Arabs must "engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure." Those terms were previously defined in the Oslo and Wye accords as including arresting and imprisoning terrorists; shutting down bomb factories; seizing terrorists' weapons; extraditing terrorists to Israel; punishing factions of the PLO that engage in terrorism; and outlawing terrorist groups.
A report by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on February 20, 2003, revealed: "Documents found recently in the Gaza offices of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PPSS) expose not only the corruption and mismanagement of the Palestinian Authority, but also reveal the channeling of PA funds toward the financing and implementation of terrorist operation.
"Among the documents found during the IDF's Operation Guardian Fortress in Gaza were hundreds of receipts along with photocopies of cheques and other documents. These relate to the transfer of sums of money, ranging from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, to senior and lower-level operatives and other elements. These funds, originating from the budgets of the Preventive Security apparatus and its independent sources of income were used not only for preventive security (such as intelligence gathering and preventive operations) but also to finance and initiate terrorism."
The Bush administration has also said that in rebuilding its police and security forces, the PA must reform them so they fight against terrorists instead of taking part in terrorism. The training, under the supervision of U.S., Egyptian, and Jordanian security officials, began on Sept. 19, 2002; however, Israel has protested the fact that at least 100 of the 150 PA security officers in the course "were involved in attacks on Israeli civilians." (Middle East Newsline, Sept. 17, 2002)
posted on 04/17/2003 7:29:50 PM PDT
Tyrants like Arafat should not rule the so-called Jordanian and Egyptian "Palestinians". It's high time for a more representative governance in those two areas.
Most folks there want what the Israelis have, i.e., to send their kids to college, buy a house, buy consumer goods, etc.
posted on 04/17/2003 7:50:16 PM PDT
(You show me a country that doesn't have clear title to property, and I'll show you a poor country!)
The Bush administration has also said that in rebuilding its police and security forces, the PA must reform them so they fight against terrorists instead of taking part in terrorism.
And they are cleary not doing so, and under the current "leadership" they will not do so, and so the entire "peace plan" is a sham. There will be no peace until the thuggish Pali "leadership" has been decimated and the population has been beaten into submission. IMO, of course.
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