Palestinians insist they have fulfilled Road Map obligations

Sunday, October 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

With Israel insisting that the faltering Middle East peace process remain tied to the performance-based Road Map, Palestinian leaders intend to claim at an upcoming peace summit that they have fulfilled their obligations under the US-authored plan, reported local Arab newspapers.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas already started laying the groundwork for such assertions when visiting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week in Ramallah.

Abbas told Rice that the Palestinians have fully complied with all their commitments under Phase One of the Road Map, while Israel has failed to reciprocate.

Phase One of the plan demands that the Palestinians explicitly recognize Israel's right to exist in this region, renounce and act vigorously against the use of terrorist violence against Israelis, and end all forms of anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian media and school system.

The reality is that Palestinian terrorists in the so-called "West Bank" continue to try to attack Israelis, and rockets from Gaza fall on southern Israel on a daily basis. When speaking in Arabic, Palestinian leaders including Abbas continue to utilize language that invokes hope of one day eradicating Jewish sovereignty over all of the land, and a series of studies have shown that the Palestinian media and school system continue to teach children to hate Israel and employ violence against it.

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