Condoleezza Rice has abandoned the “road map” to a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has declared the error of the “road map” to be “getting hung up in the sequentiality” that required the initial cessation of terrorism and incitement to terrorism by the Palestinian Authority. It seems not to have occurred to her, or President Bush, that the result would be American support for terrorism, with the United States pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into an ongoing terrorist enterprise.
Today brings a particularly vivid example, as Israel National News reports:
Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper has honored the terrorist who gunned down eight high school students at point blank range with the status of shahid, or holy Islamic martyr.
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida prominently placed a picture of the point-blank child killer on the front page, with the caption, “The Shahid Alaa Abu Dheim.” In a page one article on the massacre at the Mercaz HaRav Kook yeshiva, his crime was again defined as an act of martyrdom (shahada).