The Aqaba Summit

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meets President George Bush and Palestinian Premier Mahmoud Abbas in Aqaba, Jordan, Wednesday in a three-way summit aimed at formally launching the road map peace process. Senior Israeli officials say that Israel, the PA, and the U.S. are all expected to stop just short of delivering the type of dramatic statements that could drastically change the parameters of the conflict. David Hacham, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's adviser on Arab affairs, said although a call to end the "militarization of the intifada" would be a step short of an all-out call to end Palestinian terrorism, it would not be without significance. For Abbas to make such a statement with the eyes of the world upon him would be important, Hacham said, because it would constitute a form of obligation to which Israel could later hold him.

2003-06-04 00:00:00

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