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Letter to Kurtzer Sums Up Road Map Flaws

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has written a letter to US Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, outlining in brief some fundamental flaws with the Road Map.
First Publish: 5/11/2003, 7:28 PM

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has written a letter to US Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, outlining in brief some fundamental flaws with the Road Map. The full letter can be seen below. Excerpts follow:




"...The preamble mentions occupation that began in 1967. The term 'occupation' cannot apply to territory that was itself under Jordanian occupation and whose status was legally disputed and undetermined. In itself, this mistaken definition of the territories in question undermines the legal validity of much of the legal basis of the proposals contained in the Road Map.

"...I find it most disturbing that after the Sept. 11 terror attack, and after the war in Iraq, your government has proceeded on a course [of collaborating with Russia and European governments] that seems totally oblivious to the lessons of those two events. It is entirely self-evident that had your government followed the course proposed by Russia and the Europeans, both Israel and the U.S. would have been exposed today to a severe escalation of terror and violence.

"...I am sure you are aware that all initiatives and plans put forward over the years by the US and the UN have failed, and have contributed to more tension and violence. Only when our neighbors will conclude that a) violence will get them nowhere, and b) that the international community will not rescue them from the consequences of their fanatic hatred of Israel, will there be a chance of progress towards stability.

"...I am sure you realize that the political party to which I belong, together with other members in the government coalition, will do everything possible to prevent any implementation of the proposals contained in the Road Map... This is not just for our sake... but no less for the security and well-being of this part of the world, which we believe to be an American interest as much as our own."