Plan for Peace 'Very Sick'
As the Bush administration readies a new diplomatic mission to invigorate the Middle East peace process, a senior Israeli official yesterday painted a dire picture of the situation, saying there is “very little that can be done” by either Israel or the United States in the absence of Palestinian action against terrorism. The official, speaking after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s chief of staff met with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice at the White House, appeared to be laying the groundwork for unilateral steps proposed by Sharon last year to separate Israelis and Palestinians. Sharon had said time was running out for the Palestinian Authority to show it will fight terrorism, and the official said yesterday that such steps would be taken before the U.S. presidential election. Full Story