The roadblock

By Michael Evans

Mahmoud Abbas, the new prime minister of the Palestinian territory, will get the diplomatic red-carpet treatment at the White House today for embracing the Quartet’s “Roadmap.” His boss, President Arafat, will get to watch from his barbed-wire prison in Ramallah.

The math just does not add up. It appears the ones that are better off, since the Aqaba Summit are the terrorists. They’re not dying, they are dining. Are we fighting them, or feeding them? Didn’t someone say, “We’ve got them on the run?” We certainly do – they’re running out of prison!

The administration is adamantly rejecting the idea that the liberal U.N., E.U. and Russia be partners in Iraq. Yet, that is precisely what was forced down Israel’s throat – a “roadmap” penned by the E.U., U.N. and Russia … and accepted by the U.S.

On June 24, 2002, President Bush set forth the conditions that Abbas must fulfill, the first being “that Abbas must dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.” This has not happened. Instead, Bush is demanding that Israel release terrorists as a confidence-building measure. Whose confidence are we trying to build, the terrorists? Abbas is “harboring, supporting and aiding” two terrorist organizations – Islamic Jihad and Hamas. When he meets with President Bush, Abbas will demand that thousands – not hundreds – of these terrorists be released, or the truce will be cancelled.

President Bush will have to violate the U.S. (and his own) doctrine on terrorism to satisfy Abbas. This would create a formal link between prisoner release and the Roadmap. Phase I of the plan requires that the Palestinians immediately “undertake an unconditional cessation of violence.”

On Tuesday, Arafat warned that “grave consequences” (suicide bombings) would ensue if Israel continues to allow Jews to visit the Temple site. He is capable of making good on this threat. He did the last time, following a visit to the Temple site by Prime Minister Sharon. In a meeting in Cairo this past Tuesday with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, PA Prime Minister Abbas said he would not crack down on Palestinian militant groups.

Bush needs to “JUST SAY NO” to the Roadmap until the terrorism infrastructure is dismantled. Anything less will send the signal of tolerance for terror and speed up the terrorist ticking bomb. It will place America squarely in the crosshairs.

With France, Russia and Syria on the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. is incapable of being a Roadmap peace partner. Russia assisted Saddam’s regime during Operation Iraqi Freedom. France opposed the Iraq war, and continues to fund the terrorist organization, Hamas. And, of course, Syria is a known terrorist state.

Almost one-half of the Security Council (i.e., Syria, Pakistan, France, Russia, Germany, Angola and China) is comprised of anti-Israel states, many of which believe that Zionism is racism. Many, if not all, of these countries wink at the practice of blatant anti-Semitism, and support the formation of a Palestinian state whose new textbooks, even now, show all the territory as “Palestine” with not one inch of land allotted to Israel.

On June 18, Mahmoud Abbas offered to include Hamas and Islamic Jihad as part of his leadership in a newly-formed body called the Unification National Leadership.” Are we dismantling terrorist regimes, or dignifying them?