ZOA Report On “One Month Since Bush Speech”: Palestinian Arabs Not Meeting Bush’s Conditions
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July 24, 2002


NEW YORK- A new report by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has found that during the first month since President Bush’s major Middle East policy speech, the Palestinian Arabs have not fulfilled any of the conditions that the president set forth before the U.S. will support creation of a Palestinian Arab state.


For a free copy of the report, please call the ZOA at 212-481-1500.


The major findings of the report, titled One Month Since the Bush Middle East Speech, are:


* No crackdown on terror: While the Bush plan requires the Palestinian Arabs to “fight terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure,” they have not terrorists, extradited any terrorists to Israel, outlawed or disarmed any terrorist groups, shut down any bomb factories, or punished any PLO factions involved in terror. During the month, there were 103 terrorist attacks, in which 16 people were killed and 87 wounded.


* No end to incitement: Official PA television, radio, and newspapers are still filled with anti-Israel and anti-American incitement and support for violence, on a daily basis.


* No new leadership: While President Bush insisted that the Palestinian Arabs elect new leaders, PA spokesmen defiantly rejected that call and said that they will elect whomever they want.


* No meaningful reforms: There was no meaningful effort to fulfill the Bush plan’s requirement for total reform of Palestinian Arab governing agencies and the dismissal of all officials involved in terrorism or corruption. As part of an internal power struggle, Yasir Arafat fired several officials but then offered them alternative positions within the PA; he also hired a veteran terrorist as his new national security adviser.


The ZOA report notes that despite the Palestinian Arabs’ failure to meet the Bush plan conditions, President Bush and his spokesman have claimed that the Palestinian Arabs are making “progress” and said the administration is determined to create a Palestinian Arab state in the near future.


ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “These recent statements by President Bush and the State Department create the unfortunate impression that the administration’s primary goal is not to genuinely and definitively transform the attitudes and actions of the Palestinian Arabs toward Israel, but to claim ‘progress’ even in the absence of evidence of progress, so that a Palestinian Arab state can be established within the shortest time possible.”




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