President George W. Bush, the man for whom I voted because of his stance in the war on terror, will not pressure the palestinians to prevent Hamas from running in the upcoming elections.
WASHINGTON – The United States will not actively oppose Hamas’ participation in the Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections, Palestinian officials said following U.S. President George Bush’s meeting with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.
Even before the White House meeting, American officials said that while Washington objects in principle to allowing an armed organization to run in the elections, the final decision rests with the PA. And while Bush raised the issue of disarming Hamas prior to elections at Thursday’s meeting, he did not dwell on it or pressure Abbas, Palestinian sources said. He also did not mention the issue during a joint press conference with Abbas following the meeting. American officials explained that Bush believes there is no advantage to staging a frontal confrontation with Abbas a few months prior to the January elections.
There is no advantage to pushing Abbas to conform to his duties as determined by the Road Map, which are to disarm terror organizations and prevent terrorism against Israel.
No. There’s no advantage. It’s only going to prevent more Jewish deaths. We wouldn’t want you to pressure the PA to do the right thing at the expense of Israeli lives, though. No, instead, Bush is going to pressure Israel:
“Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its roadmap obligations,” Bush said, referring to a blueprint for peacemaking approved by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.
Without elaboration, the president said Israel would be “held to account” for any actions that hamper peacemaking or burden the lives of Palestinians.
But Bush said he was a “heck of a lot more confident” of peace prospects than when he first took office five years ago. Both Abbas and Prime minister Ariel Sharon are committed to making peace, he said.
Well, that’s a relief. Bush is more confident, even though there’s no proof whatsoever that the pals are ready to stop murdering Jews, and even though palestinian television is currently showing an anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli program that claims (among other things) that Israel is infecting palestinians with AIDS.
Ariel Sharon is a fool. The supposed letter from Bush he got is worthless. Bush sold out Israel. Watch for another Oslo in the final years of the Bush Administration, because once again, I’m not seeing a difference between his Mideast policy and his predecessor’s.