This article came from ARUTZ SHEVA, which is the Israel National News service. Briefly, it's about the concessions to the Palestinians that the U.S. is forcing Israel to make. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said that Israel's concessions are not enough, saying, "We will monitor exactly what the Israelis do and the purpose is to improve the Palestinians' freedom of movement." Freedom of movement??? So they can conduct their terrorist activities against Israeli targets more freely?? Uh, hello Washington?? Earth to Washington?? The Palestinians SOLE OBJECTIVE is to annihilate Israel. For those of you in our government, that means to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. All anyone has to do is look at the Palestinians' history. Going back to when Yassar Arafat was alive, Israel offered to GIVE the Palestinians the land they claimed was their right. Did Arafat accept? NO!!! Why? Because getting the land IS NOT THE POINT! Palestinian rights are NOT THE POINT! Here's the article so you can decide for yourself. I think you will be shocked, but not surprised at what we're doing. I think Israeli Opposition Leader and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right when he told Secretary of State Rice that a permanent arrangement with the Palestinians that does not leave the Israeli Defense Forces in charge of large areas of Judea and Samaria would lead to a Hamas takeover and what? The CREATION OF ADDITIONAL Iranian bases there. Wake up Washington!! Here's the article:U.S. 'Very Surprised' at Extent of Israeli Concessions
(IsraelNN.com) Israeli diplomatic sources said Sunday that the American delegation was very surprised at the extent of Israeli concessions to the Fatah-controlled "Palestinian Authority" (PA) announced by Defense Minister Ehud Barak. However, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was quick to say that they were not enough, and vowed to monitor Israel's execution of its promises.
The latest Israeli concessions to the PA in Judea and Samariainclude permission for construction of two new Arab neighborhoods in the Ramallah area, with a total of 5,000 to 8,000 housing units. In addition, about 50 closed roads will be opened in Samaria, thus enabling vehicular traffic between Jenin, Tulkarm, Kalkilya and Ramallah. The permanent IDF checkpoint in the Rimonim area will be removed.
Barak announced the decisions in the meeting he held with PA "Prime Minister" Salam Fayyad and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Sunday.
Rice Talks Tough About Israeli Compliance
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some tough words for Israel Sunday regarding the "gestures" Israel has undertaken to carry out in Judea and Samaria.
"We will monitor exactly what the Israelis do and the purpose is to improve the Palestinians' freedom of movement," Rice said. "We want to be much more systematic about what is promised and what is actually carried out," Rice added.
American special envoy General William Fraser, Rice explained, will be following Israel's implementation of the Road Map closely "and making sure that the road blocks are indeed removed and that this has an impact on the Palestinians' freedom of movement." Before Fraser arrived, she said, "we did not do this, and we received promises that the Israeli steps would be carried out within a short time. I expect this to happen very soon."
25 APCs, 125 more vehicles
The Israeli concessions also included the following:
1. PA para-military police stations will open in some areas under joint Israeli and PA control.
2. 700 PA police personnel will be deployed in the Jenin area, once they return from training in Jordan. Ultimate security responsibility will remain in Israel's hands.
3. Additional roadblocks and checkpoints in Judea and Samaria are to be removed by mid-May.
4. 25 APC's – out of 50 originally requested – and 125 additional vehicles and pieces of logistical equipment will be delivered to PA/Fatah hands.
5. Various restrictions on the movement of public figures will be eased.
6. Various restrictions on the movement of businessmen will be eased.
7. An additional 5,000 permits will be issued for Arab construction workersin Israel (the current quota is approximately 18,500).
8. The Sha'ar Ephraim Crossing for will be opened for commercial activity on Fridays.
Two new Arab neighborhoods in the Ramallah area. In addition, about 50 dirt roadblocks in Samaria will be removed.
9. Israel will allow the passage of businessmen from Arab countries, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the PA and Israel on a VIP footing (without checks) through Ben-Gurion International Airport, for the Bethlehem Economic Conference for Investors in May. Israeli businessmen will be allowed to enter Bethlehem for the conference. Businessmen attending the conference will be allowed to move in organized groups in Judea and Samaria cities, and into Israel (including Jerusalem and Nazareth).
10. Industrial Zones will be established in Jericho, Hevron (Tarkumiyah) and Mukibla. The Tarkumiya Industrial Zone will receive Turkish financing. Another industrial zone will be established in Jericho for the processing and marketing abroad of PA agricultural produce. Japan and Jordan will be involved in this project.
A statement issued after the talks said that "the parties have completed connection of 27 Palestinian villages in [Judea and Samaria] to the Israeli power grid and, in an unprecedented action, have connected Jericho to the Jordan power grid."
PA will 'work' against terror
The agreements reached in the talks between Rice, Barak and Fayyad include only one commitment by the PA. "For its part, the Palestinian Authority will deploy security forces to provide law and order, and work to prevent terror," the statement issued by the American delegation said.
American officials voiced satisfaction with the Israeli "gestures." However, the sources said, Israel needs to do even more to make the Arabs' lives better.
Rice will meet Jordan's King Abdullah Sunday evening and will meet Prime Minister Olmert again Monday. She will then meet the heads of the Israeli and Arab negotiating teams, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Ahmed Qureia ("Abu Ala").
Opposition chairman Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Sunday that a permanent status arrangement with the PA that does not leave the IDF in charge of "large areas" of Judea and Samaria would lead to a Hamas takeover and the creation of additional Iranian bases there.
"We cannot transfer responsibility for security to subcontractors. Security needs to stay in the IDF and the security establishment. The practical way is an economic peace with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said after the meeting.
"If we abandon security to the care of others, we will receive rockets," the Likud chairman said. "We are the ones protecting Abu Mazen, he isn't protecting us."
The U.S. is treading on very, very, dangerous ground here. Instead of cowtowing to the Palestinians, who are known for their hatred of Israel, who are known for their terrorist attacks for DECADES, we should grow some backbone and stand up to them. History has shown that no matter how many concessions are made, no matter how many negotiations take place, the Palestinians will continue their attacks and their quest to totally destroy Israel.