The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has questioned why the need still exists for
During the first stage of preparations, currently under way, thousands of police will form three rings of security extending from the Green Line pre-1967 armistice line dividing
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “How are we to understand that, on one day, Israel’s Olmert and the US’s Bush and Rice praise Mahmoud Abbas as a moderate peace-seeker who is sincerely devoted to fighting and preventing terrorism and then, the very next day, Israel announces it is mounting a massive security effort to prevent Palestinian terrorism from Judea and Samaria into Israel and then, the day after that, Israel and the US negotiate with Abbas to determine how much land to give to him and when a Palestinian state under his control can be established.
“One would have thought that the much-vaunted peace process that is supposed to be in progress with Abbas would mean, among other things, that terrorism and incitement to hatred and murder within the PA would be something of the bygone past. One must also wonder why the Olmert government is still proclaiming Abbas as a moderate and peace partner, when Abbas has taken absolutely no action to fulfill signed Palestinian commitments under the Oslo agreements and the 2003 Roadmap peace plan to arrest terrorists, confiscate their weaponry and end the incitement to hatred and murder that permeates the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps.
“If this is the situation today, 14 years after the start of the Oslo process, and only months before the conclusion of what Prime Minister Olmert says will be a ‘shelf agreement’ and what President Bush says will be a final peace settlement, what can the Olmert government believe and expect will be the situation this time next year or the year after?
“In these circumstances, it is dangerously unrealistic to proceed with a signed agreement with a PA regime that, to this date, has never honored a single one of its commitments. The Olmert government’s drive for creating a Palestinian state regardless of what Palestinians think and do is bound to lead to still more bloodshed and disaster. We have no reason for assuming that a sovereign Palestinian state, in a Judea and
“At no time has statehood been a method for preventing terrorism or producing peace.