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Is the 2003 Roadmap an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict?

PRO (yes)

The United Nations, in its Nov. 19, 2003 Resolution 1515, stated that the Security Council:

"Endorses the Quartet Performance-based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."

Nov. 19, 2003 - United Nations (UN) 

Kofi Annan, MS, former United Nations Secretary General, in a Mar. 12, 2004 United Nations Press Release entitled "Road Map Remains 'Most Practical Way' To Achieve Aspirations of Israelis, Palestinians, Secretary-General Tells Palestinian Rights Committee," stated:

"Based on Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, it [the Roadmap] remains the most practical way of achieving the aspirations of both sides [Israelis and Palestinians]."

Mar. 12, 2004 - Kofi Annan, MS 

Javier Solana, PhD, European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, in a Mar. 3, 2004 report titled "Summary of the statement made at the press conference [with Egyptian President Mubarak]," stated:

"We [Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Javier Solana], addressed our concerns about the current stalemate in the Middle East Peace Process. I reiterated the EU’s [European Union's] deep commitment to the implementation of the Roadmap."

Mar. 3, 2004 - Javier Solana, PhD 

Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, in a Dec. 18, 2003 speech given at the Herzliyya Institute of Policy and Strategy, stated the following:

"The road map is a balanced plan for progressing gradually towards peace, which Israel and the Palestinians committed themselves to implement. Full implementation of the road map is the best way to achieve genuine peace. The road map is the only political plan that was accepted by Israel, the Palestinians, the Americans and most of the world."

Dec. 18, 2003 - Ariel Sharon 

Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister, was quoted in a Sep. 3, 2003 Agency France-Presse article titled "Russia, Saudi Arabia counter Arafat claim that 'roadmap' is dead," as saying the Roadmap was:

"A unique means of seeking a way out of the crisis and finding a settlement that corresponds to the interests of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples..."

Sep. 3, 2003 - Igor Ivanov 

Mahmoud Abbas, former Palestinian Prime Minister, in a May 11, 2003 Press Conference with Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, titled "Powell Tells Palestinian Leader Abbas that U.S. Committed to Working for Peace," stated:

"The opportunity of this roadmap must not be missed."

May 11, 2003 - Mahmoud Abbas, Csc 

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, in a Apr. 30, 2003 statement titled "P.M. Tony Blair's statement on the Middle East peace process," said the following:

"The Roadmap provides the route to a permanent two-state solution. It includes clear phases, timelines and benchmarks. It places clear but fair obligations on both sides to achieve a final and comprehensive settlement by 2005."

Apr. 30, 2003 - Tony Blair 

George W. Bush, MBA, US President, in his Mar. 14, 2003 remarks titled "President Discusses Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East," stated the following:

"America is committed, and I am personally committed, to implementing our road map toward peace."

Mar. 14, 2003 - George W. Bush, MBA 

CON (no)

Binyamin Elon, Israeli Cabinet Minister, in a July 18, 2003 Front Page Magazine Symposium titled "Road Map to What?" stated the following:

"The road map does not touch the real problems at all. It does not solve the issue of the refugees, not those in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and not those who are scattered around the world. It gives the Palestinians again the illusion called: 'a Palestinian State'. Why is it an illusion? -- Since it would be a pseudo-state, without economic viability and real sovereignty."

July 18, 2003 - Binyamin Elon 

Edward Said, PhD, the late Columbia University Professor of Literature, in a June. 14, 2003 Counterpunch editorial titled "The Latest Peace Plan: A Roadmap to What and Where?" wrote the following:

"Anyone who believes that the road map actually offers anything resembling a settlement or that it tackles the basic issues is wrong. Like so much of the prevailing peace discourse, it places the need for restraint and renunciation and sacrifice squarely on Palestinian shoulders, thus denying the density and sheer gravity of Palestinian history."

June 14, 2003 - Edward Said, PhD 

Rashid Khalidi, PhD, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, in a May 22, 2005 The Nation commentary titled "Road Map or Road Kill?" wrote:

"In failing to focus on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, about to enter its thirty-seventh year, and on Israeli settlements, which underpin that occupation, the road map misses an opportunity to end this conflict. Instead, it concentrates on Palestinian violence and how to combat it--as if it came out of nowhere, and as if, were it to be halted, the situation of occupation and settlement would be normal."

May 22, 2003 - Rashid I. Khalidi, DPhil 

Kathleen Christison, former CIA analyst, in a May 6, 2003 Counterpunch editorial titled "Warning: Pile-up Ahead! A Roadmap to Nowhere," wrote:

"The 'roadmap' to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, finally released with little fanfare or enthusiasm on May 1 after almost a year of aimless wandering , is surely doomed. Near fatal internal flaws and severe political constraints on its implementation render it a roadmap to nowhere."

May 6, 2003 - Kathleen Christison 

Ghassan Khatib, Palestinian Authority Minister of Labor, in an Oct. 28, 2002 commentary titled "Roadblocks," wrote:

"All in all, this roadmap depicts a path filled with nearly as many roadblocks, obstacles and checkpoints as the occupied Palestinian territories themselves."

Oct. 28, 2002 - Ghassan Khatib, MA 

Stephen Plaut, PhD, Professor of Economics at the University of Haifa, in a Front Page Magazine Symposium titled "Road Map to What?" stated the following:

"The 'Road Map' will fail because it is based on a total misunderstanding of the Middle East conflict and because it does not even begin to address the true underlying causes of that war. The true underlying cause of the Middle East War is Arab aggression and imperialism, Arab refusal to accept Israeli existence in any set of borders whatsoever. It is the Arab view that all land controlled by Israel anywhere, including Tel Aviv and Haifa, represents illegal 'occupation' that must be corrected through exterminating Israel and its population."

July 18, 2003 - Steven Plaut, PhD 

Anne Bayefsky, MA, MLitt, Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, in a July 10, 2003 presentation given at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs titled "The U.N. and the Assault on Israel's Legitimacy: Implications for the Roadmap," stated:

"The roadmap represents a serious degradation of Israel's rights in both legal and political terms."

July 10, 2003 - Anne Bayefsky, MA, MLitt