posted on Jun, 8 2005 @ 10:50 PM
The foreign secretary, Jack Straw, told Palestinian leaders in Ramallah yesterday that the creation of a Palestinian state was in their own hands,
whatever the intentions of the Israeli government.
Mr Straw brushed aside a growing belief among Palestinian politicians that Ariel Sharon has no desire to return to peace negotiations after the
withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip in the autumn.
They see growing signs that the Israeli prime minister intends to say that not enough is being done to "combat terror", as a justification for
rejecting talks, annexing Jewish settlements and unilaterally imposing borders that no Palestinian government could accept.
But after meeting the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and some of his ministers, Mr Straw said that removing the threat posed by armed groups such
as Hamas would force the pace toward the negotiated creation of a Palestinian state through the US-led "road map" peace plan.
As long as Israel does not abide by international law, and offers the millions of palestinian fugitives their right of return to their property, peace
is clearly impossible. But Straw has already found a responsible party for the probable failure of the peace process : Of course the palestinians
themselves, brushing away israeli responsibility.
[edit on 8-6-2005 by Moretti]