Daily Israel Report

Voices Against The Road Map

Among those who have come out against the Road Map are Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El, Elyakim HaEtzni, Naomi Ragen, the Hevron Jewish Community, and more.

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First Publish: 5/2/2003, 5:29 PM

Among those who have come out against the Road Map are Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El, Elyakim HaEtzni, Naomi Ragen, the Hevron Jewish Community, and more.

Excerpts from some of the objections:
"Every program that stands in opposition to the Prophets' Road Map cannot succeed. I ask you to stand by Israel's side, help it return to its entire land, and be a partner in the only "guaranteed" process - the Peace Plan laid out by the prophets!" - Rabbi Melamed, in a letter to President Bush

"If a person plays Russian roulette [the Oslo Accords], shoots themselves in the head, and then when they find themselves miraculously alive, do it again, that's unforgivable." - Naomi Ragen, Israeli writer

"We may state without exaggeration that we are facing a Road Map to "The Final Solution", a document whose consequences are no less severe than those of the British White Paper of 1939. The Oslo Agreements were child's play compared to this Road Map. Methodological criticism of the Oslo Accords indicates a basic flaw: Israel's haste to establish the Palestinian Authority and accord the Palestinians authority, territory, weapons and funds, while leaving the chief points of disagreement - borders, refugees, Jerusalem, settlements and sovereignty - to be resolved later. This enabled the Palestinians to exploit their achievements in an attempt to force their own preferred solution to the deferred issues to be resolved.
"Sharon apparently failed to learn a lesson from the Oslo Accords, having repeated the tactical error under far more serious circumstances: This time, he is paying the Palestinians an advance in the form of a sovereign state. From that point on, they can fight to achieve their perceived objectives as a bona fide state, a member of the United Nations, equipped with all tools, authority and individual support entailed thereby.
"After two and a half years of the present Intifada, Yasser Arafat can credit himself with having achieved all his war objectives: A Palestinian state within immediate reach, international involvement and supervision, introduction of the United Nations and Europe into the area, military involvement by Jordan and Egypt, elimination of Jewish settlements and release of Israel's effective hold on most parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. It is chilling indeed to realize that we have paid for his achievements with over a thousand Jews murdered and many thousands more wounded in terror attacks since the Oslo Accords were drafted." - Elyakim HaEtzni, former MK and attorney in Kiryat Arba

MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said that the map of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel had made the Road Map "irrelevant." Visiting in Hevron yesterday, he further said that the Road Map plan has no legal or moral validity.