Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oh, No! Palestinian Authority Upset

Israel keeps PA's J'lem offices closed

Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, Feb. 21, 2008

Israel is keeping Palestinian institutions in east Jerusalem shut tight, despite its pledge to reopen them under a recently revived peace blueprint, Palestinian officials said Thursday.

[The Palestinian Authority used various offices in Israel's capital to promote terrorism, in blatant violation of the Oslo Accords and the conditions they agreed to in order to be allowed to open those offices. Israel has no obligation to let them reopen; indeed, it would be absurd to do so.]

Azzam Abu Saoud, director of the 72-year-old Chamber of Commerce, said the closure order was extended on Feb. 7 despite the renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel's commitment to implement the road map.

At an international peace gathering in Annapolis, Maryland, in November, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to "immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance-based road map."

Initial obligations require Israel to "reopen the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and other Palestinian institutions in east Jerusalem."

[Initial obligations require the Palestinian Authority to end terrorism and end incitement. There's no comparison between the Palestinian Authority's continued incitement and terrorism and Israel's understandable reluctance to allow the Palestinian Authority to run terrorist bases in Israel's capital.]

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