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AIPAC Hijacks the Roadmap/Sharon's use of the word "occupation"/How Israel's US Lobby is Stacking the Deck/counterpunch/May 27
May 27, 2003
AIPAC Hijacks the Roadmap
How Israel's US Lobby is Stacking the Deck
By JEFFREY BLANKFORT
It would be a mistake to view the Israeli cabinet's narrow approval of the Bush administration's "road map" on Sunday, (or Sharon's use of the word "occupation") as steps towards resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict or as a victory for President Bush. If there is any gloating to be done, it will be by Israel's domestic US lobby and it will largely be done in private.
Had the administration not surrendered on Friday to Ariel Sharon's demands for significant revisions in the "road map," the Israeli cabinet might not even have taken the vote. Moreover, the president would not have been forced to make those concessions had not the Israeli prime minister been backed solidly by the pro-Israel lobby and by the majority of both houses of Congress. And thus, the supposedly immutable "peace plan" has foundered at the starting gate.
As his part of the deal, and before the cabinet vote, Sharon publicly accepted the plan's broad outlines, but not the phased steps contained in the original which carried the stamp and presumably the input of the "Quartet," (Britain, the European Union and the Russians plus the US).
During the debate, Sharon told his cabinet that the 14 reservations about the plan that Israel presented to Washington were not negotiable. (BBC, May 25) One that has been prominently mentioned is Israel's refusal to recognize the right to return of Palestinians who were expelled or who left in 1948, an issue that was not to be raised until the "road map's" final phase.//cut