27th April 02:58
Delay finally becomes a Right-wing Citizen of Israel! (right-wing)
AKA = Delay Outcitizens most Israeli Citizens - In a fanatical sense!
DeLay Says Palestinians Bear Burden for Achieving Peace
By JAMES BENNET
ERUSALEM, July 30 ó Calling himself "an Israeli at heart," Tom DeLay,
the House majority leader, told Israeli legislators today that the
burden for achieving peace here rested with the Palestinians, who he
said must eradicate terrorism.
Speaking a day after President Bush met at the White House with the
Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, Mr. DeLay said that Mr. Bush
"made clear that the prospects of peace are the responsibility of the
Palestinian Authority," which must "fight terror and dismantle
Mr. Bush also urged Mr. Sharon to ease restrictions on Palestinians
and to restrain Israel's own actions. Yet Mr. DeLay, while declaring
that Palestinians "have been oppressed and abused," said that the
culprit ó and "their enemy" ó was Yasir Arafat, not Israel.
"Israel is not the problem," he said. "Israel is the solution."
An evangelical Christian, Mr. DeLay is a leader in Washington of the
Christian Zionist movement, a bloc of conservative Republicans whose
strong support for the Jewish state is based on their interpretation
of the Bible. Before leaving Washington for his trip to the region,
Mr. DeLay was sharply critical of the international peace plan known
as the road map, which envisions a Palestinian state alongside Israel
in three years.
Mr. Bush says he is committed to the plan, but Mr. DeLay said last
week in an interview with The New York Times, "I can't imagine this
president supporting a state of terrorists." He added, "You'd have to
change almost an entire generation's culture."
Today, Mr. DeLay did not address the peace plan in detail. He said
that he did not know if the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas,
would prove to be "the man to finally rid his people of the terrorist
elements among them." But, in an apparent reference to the plan, he
said, "peace is worth giving him the chance."
He dismissed a three-month suspension in attacks announced by the main
Palestinian factions, saying that "murderers who take 90-day vacations
are still murderers." If Palestinians continued letting violent men
"speak for them," he said, then "they will remain terrorized under the
boot-heel of evil."
Some right-wing Israeli politicians, including members of Mr. Sharon's
government, have been strengthening ties to Mr. DeLay and other
conservative Christians. His message dovetailed with their contention
that only a Palestinian crackdown on violent groups, not Israeli
concessions like restraining its settlements in the West Bank and
Gaza, can advance the cause of peace. Mr. DeLay did not refer to any
Israeli obligations under the peace plan or to the possibility of a
Mr. DeLay was invited today not to address the full parliament in its
hall ó an extremely rare honor for a foreign leader ó but to give a
lecture in the Parliament building for those legislators who wished to
Uzi Landau, a minister who attended today's speech, said that he heard
a "different emphasis" from Mr. DeLay than from Mr. Bush. Mr. DeLay,
he said, put greater stress on the need "for a Palestinian government
to uproot terror."
Mr. DeLay spoke hours before Israeli and Palestinian security leaders
were to meet for further talks on the peace plan. The Palestinian
security minister, Mohammed Dahlan, is pressing Israel to withdraw its
forces from more Palestinian towns and cities in the West Bank,
permitting Palestinian security to resume policing those areas.
Shaul Mofaz, the Israeli defense minister, was expected to offer a
withdrawal from Jericho and Qalqiliya. Palestinians call that offer
miserly, noting that there is no Israeli army presence in Jericho, and
that Qalqiliya is entirely surrounded by an Israeli wall, ditches, and
After a series of Palestinian suicide bombings last year, Israel
seized West Bank cities and towns that it had ceded to Palestinian
control as part of the Oslo peace process.