Ayalon: Road Map a 'trap' without diplomacy

January 8, 2006 22:37


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Calling the Road Map peace plan a "trap," former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Ami Ayalon said Sunday that Israel needed to launch an independent diplomatic initiative alongside the US-backed Road Map. "The Road Map will get stuck already during its first stage since [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas doesn't want to collect the Hamas' weapons," he told The Jerusalem Post following a conference at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. Ayalon said that Israel needed to launch a parallel plan to the Road Map which had a clear diplomatic goal regarding a final agreement with the Palestinians and included a decisive effort to eradicate terrorism.

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