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Can a Peace plan without

Can a Peace plan without Arafat work?
I have to admit that it looks like the Bush administration and its “Road Map to Peace” plan is actually making some decent progress. Still a long way to go, but it’s the first encouraging sign in the region in a long time. However, the United States has repeatedly said it would not deal with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the negotiations, preferring instead to work out the plan with the more moderate Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. I can totally understand this, but the support and influence that Arafat still has with the majority of Palestinians can’t be ignored. It will be all well and good for an agreement to be reached with Abbas, but if Arafat doesn’t publicly support it, then the treaty won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. I don’t think having Arafat involved in the negotiations is a very good idea either, but what is the alternative? As long as Arafat and Palestinians are demanding it, the US MUST find a way for Arafat to at least be symbolically “involved” in the negotiations, or it might all be for nothing.

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June 5, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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