US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday told Congress that Israel and the Palestinians must be aggressively pushed toward a final peace deal before the opportunity is lost. But America's top military advisor in the region says the Palestinian Authority is simply incapable of implementing any of its security obligations.
With a US-hosted Middle East peace summit supposed to commence in less than a month, Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that "without a serious political prospect for the Palestinians that gives to moderate leaders a horizon that they can show to their people that indeed there is a two-state solution that is possible, we will lose the window for a two-state solution."
American officials from the past two administrations, as well as their Arab allies in the region have claimed for more than a decade that a narrow window existed for Israel to peacefully surrender its biblical heartland to the Palestinians. Failure to do so would result in a regional war, the more candid Arabs declared.
That war has never come, but if Israel does too hastily give in to Arab demands regarding the land it will without doubt be overrun with terrorists, warned General Keith Dayton, Washington's security coordinator in the Palestinian Authority.
In remarks carried by Ha'aretz, Dayton said that Palestinian Authority security forces are at present incapable of securing major Palestinian towns, even as they demand that Israel pull its forces out of those localities.
Dayton went on to state his belief that additional training and another influx of US arms will give the Palestinian forces what they need to succeed. A leading terror boss in the Samarian town of Ramallah admitted recently that most Palestinian police officers moonlight as militants, and employ their advanced American training and weapons against Israel.
In a related development, the leading global human rights organization Amnesty International called on Wednesday for a full cessation of arms transfer to both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority until both sides stop committing human rights abuses against not only Israel, but also against one another.