Tag: State Department
Israeli Operations in Area A: The State Department vs. the Oslo Accords
October 23, 2001
The October 22 request by the U.S. State Department spokesman that Israel "immediately" withdraw from and not return to Palestinian-controlled areas (Area A) implies that such actions are in violation of the Oslo Accords, that they hamper the prospects for a return to negotiations, and that they threaten the wider American war on terrorism. None of these implications are correct. The statement stands in marked contrast to the past understanding shown by President Bush that placed the burden of cease-fire implementation on Palestinian Authority head Yasser Arafat.