Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Sharon Is Wailing

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Sharon Is Wailing

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In recent days, Israel's prime minister has attacked more than militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He's also on a warpath against ideas in a "model" peace plan put together by two former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

Known as the Geneva Accord for its sponsorship by Switzerland, this private plan has outraged Ariel Sharon precisely because it expertly builds on all the plans since the 1993 Oslo accords that he (and Palestinian suicide bombers) helped scuttle. It actually makes more sense than previous ones, and comes when the faltering US road map for peace has become what Labor Party leader Simon Peres calls a "road accident."

If enough European nations, US Jewish leaders, and perhaps even President Bush endorse the carefully crafted compromises in the Geneva Accord, Mr. Sharon's right-wing coalition government could feel increased political pressure to start making concessions toward the Palestinians before a total cessation of attacks on Israeli civilians. …

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