Sunday, June 26, 2005

All not well with road map

PT Singham, foreign editor of the West Australian reports on Condaleeza Rice's tour of the Middle East (25 June, page 32).

Dr Rice made the point that democracy is not just elections, but also the freedom to associate, freedom to worship and freedom from the fear of secret police.

Singham displays a grasp of the Palestinian demand for a "right of return" that has eluded most media commentators, when he also equates it to a thinly-veiled desire to eliminate Israel altogether. He quotes the Judea Pearl article (exerpts posted on JIW Blog Saturday, June 18, 2005 - dialogue of the deaf , from an article by JUDEA PEARL, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 16, 2005 )

Singham draws the conclusion that the demand for right of return, and associated views from Arab quarters that Israel is illegitimate, provide profound evidence that all is not well on the road map....

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