Arafat Still Casts Shadow Over Mideast Talks

(Newsday) Rep. Steve Israel - In the conference room at PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas's Gaza Strip guest house is a large portrait of Arafat. The symbolism is profound - Arafat overlooking Abbas, overseeing the commitments he makes. It is as if to say, "We know who's really in charge here." The Bush administration's road map to peace can't succeed if it detours around the people in charge of supporting terror - whether they are the religious leaders of Iran, the past leaders of Iraq, or the regimes in Saudi Arabia and Syria.

2003-08-28 00:00:00

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