Thursday, September 30, 2004

Straw to Israel: lose already!

Jack Straw has called on Israel to stop "targeted killings", a strategy that has played a large role in Israel winning the "intifada."

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called on the Israeli government Thursday to stop targeted killings of Palestinian militants, and insisted the Palestinian Authority must rein in terrorist groups.

In a speech to the governing Labour Party's annual conference, Straw said there was no "greater challenge to international order than the terrible conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

He praised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from Gaza and to dismantle Israeli settlements there.

He said it was a "courageous and important step" toward implementing the U.S.-backed road map for peace in the region, which envisages separate Israeli and Palestinian states.

But he criticized both sides in the conflict.

"The Palestinian Authority must get serious to rein in the terrorist groups who continue to cause such carnage and misery to innocent Israeli families," Straw said.

"As far as Israel, the targeted killings have to end, the settlement building in the West Bank has to stop and so must the routing of the security barrier into Palestinian land," he added.


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