Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has launched a "jobs-for-guns" program to give the impression that he is dealing with terrorism, ahead of a trip to meet President Bush in Washington next month. Officials say hundreds of Palestinian gunmen have signed pledges to halt violence in exchange for government jobs. It's part of Abbas’ strategy to control terrorists through dialogue, rather than confrontation. Under the program, gunmen have to register their weapons, though some admit they are hiding them. Effectively, the terrorists will hold on to their guns until the cease-fire collapses, and when it does they’ll be ready to fight. An Israeli official told “israel today” that “it's a copout.” “The roadmap is as clear as it can be,” the official said, “terrorist groups must be disarmed.”
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