Bush Must Incite Abbas to Change Policy Promoting Violence

(Salt Lake Tribune) Cal Thomas - Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet President Bush in Washington Thursday. He is getting this meeting because the Bush administration has concluded that Abbas has done more than his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, to reduce violence against Israeli civilians and reform the Palestinian security services, among other preconditions stated in the road map for Middle East peace. That's debatable, but one issue that is beyond debate is Abbas's failure to end the incitement to violence that President Bush mentioned nearly three years ago as a precondition for implementing the road map. According to a report commissioned by the Center for Near East Policy Research, the level of invective, incitement, paranoia, spreading of false accusations and rumors, and inflammatory sermons from Palestinian mosques has not changed under Abbas.

2005-05-20 00:00:00

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