Recent events signal that it is possible to detect a light at the
end of the dark tunnel of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The light
appeared with the public delivery of the Road Map peace plan to the
Palestinians and Israelis in May. Since then, the Israeli and the
Palestinian prime ministers have met twice in Jerusalem, and the
Palestinian and Israeli governments have voted to accept the plan,
which calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2005.
Moreover, the Israeli prime minister has finally had the courage to
state that, "The occupation must end. The occupation cannot
continue indefinitely. It is impossible to continue to rule over
more than three million Palestinians. The idea that we can continue
this occupation is terrible for ourselves, the economy and the
Palestinians." This was the prelude for a summit meeting between
the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, Ariel Sharon and
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), and US President George W. Bush.
The Road Map is not
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