Monday, June 24, 2002

Bush: Palestinian state conditional on new leadership

Here's a transcript of the president's speech. Its content is completely bewildering to me in its flagrant denial of reality. Consider one example: "The United States, along with the European Union and Arab states, will work with Palestinian leaders to create a new constitutional framework and a working democracy for the Palestinian people."

The Arab states??? Which of them has any experience whatsoever in constitutional frameworks and working democracies?

Here's another: "Today, Palestinian authorities are encouraging, not opposing terrorism.

[This is misleading. "Palestinian" authorities are PERFORMING, not encouraging, terrorism.]

"This is unacceptable. And the United States will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state until its leaders engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure."

"Unacceptable" is a great term. But without some sort of action, it is empty. How long has it been "unacceptable" without the US taking any steps?

The whole speech is that way. The only encouragement I draw from it is that Mr. Bush didn't actually take Arafat's side. But he did claim that the other Arab states and the EU are going to work together to bring peace in the region.

That is a sad fantasy.

G-d will fight for His people, who should trust in Him!