Ted Belman. Dann paints a misleading picture. While what he says is true, his analysis doesn’t go deep enough. When Sharon balked at accepting the Road Map he listed 14 reservations. Sec’y Powell pushed him to acceptance saying it was “only a process”, a road map, if you will, and not an agreement. As for the reservations he promised to “fully and seriously address” them which never happened. The parties were never ad item, of the same mind, so there was no binding agreement. Besides Israel isn’t bound by an agreement with a non-state entity. It is no treaty. Powell said the words don’t matter, steps do.
Israel can depart from the Road Map at any time without cause. There have been many violations in the past that we could use to justify abandoning it.
The Road Map lists the intentions of the parties at that time including the clause of a sovereign state that Dann quoted. It also demanded a settlement freeze including internal growth. At any time we want we can abandon the Road Map and our “intentions” listed.
Obviously Israel in negotiating a two state solution and imposing a freeze even in Jerusalem is complying with the Roadmap. To regain her independence, she need only abandon the Roadmap. Abrogation is not called for because there is no agreement to abrogate.
The Oslo Accords, don’t obligate us to allow a Palestinian state nor do they restrict settlement construction. If we abrogated the Oslo Accords we would have to protect our interests in Area C by enforcing no encroachment by Arabs.
In February, I suggested “The U.S. Should Cut a Deal with Israel and End the Conflict”. In that article I covered the Roadmap. American thinker also published it and received 82 comments.
Although Abbas’s demand for statehood is an abrogation of the Oslo Agreements, thus releasing Israel from its contractual obligations, the government of Israel seems unwilling.
By Moshe Dann, JPOST
As more EU countries recognize a “State of Palestine” and PA President Mahmoud Abbas appeals for UN recognition, and the government of Israel is under pressure to acquiesce, attention has turned to prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s speech (October 5, 1995) when, seeking Knesset approval for the Interim Agreement (known as Oslo II), he said that he envisioned an independent, autonomous “Palestinian entity, not a state.”