The Mideast's Second Chance

(Los Angeles Times) Sen. Joseph Biden - The test for the Palestinians should be whether they make a concerted, sustained effort against terrorism. The sooner they meet the basic responsibilities of statehood, the sooner they will have a state. Israel should transfer responsibility for security to the Palestinians wherever they show they are ready to assume it. The U.S. can help by funding highly visible projects - such as building hospitals and schools - that will help Abbas put thousands of people to work. Finally, the U.S. must demand that neighboring Arab countries take visible steps toward normalization with Israel.

2004-12-16 00:00:00

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