TITLE

Sharon Endorses Bush's Road Map, Then Puts It Through the Shredder

AUTHOR(S)
Marshall, Rachelle
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Oct2003, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The bus bombing in Jerusalem by Hamas on August 19, 2003 that killed 18 Israelis and ended a nearly two-month-long cease-fire by the Palestinians was regarded as a death blow to the recently revived peace process. But in fact that process already was doomed. U.S. President George W. Bush's White House meetings in late July with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had left no doubt that the road map to peace was leading nowhere but to Israel's continued control of the West Bank and Gaza. Abbas urged Bush to press for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners rather than the few hundred Israel has promised. United States had recently granted $20 million to the Palestinian Authority for economic development. Before the meeting President Bush had referred to the massive wall Israel is building inside the West Bank as a problem that would make it difficult to establish confidence between the two sides. The wall now under construction will not guarantee Israel's security, since determined individuals will always find a way to get past it.
ACCESSION #
10873996

 

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