Charles Krauthammer on Israel's West Bank security fence: The State Department and the fence.
The State Department is proposing that the United States play hardball with Israel -- reducing badly needed loan guarantees -- if it proceeds with the barrier it is erecting between Israeli and Palestinian populations. With this, the State Department joins the latest Palestinian propaganda ploy -- inverting cause and effect, and making the fence the issue, rather than the terrorism that made the fence necessary. [...]
"The fence would not even be a factor if it were not for the violence in the last few years," writes former chief U.S. Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross. "Truth be told, those responsible for the fence are Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades." [...]
What is scandalous about the State Department joining this Palestinian propaganda campaign is that State has for months been campaigning to implement its "road map" for peace, published on April 30. It has three phases. We are now in Phase I. In which phase is Israel supposed to stop work on the fence? In none. There is nothing in the road map about the fence.
(Via Little Green Footballs)
Posted by Forkum at August 11, 2003 07:07 AM