Condi Rice says Gaza is not enough
Condi says Gaza is only the beginning and Israel will have to give up more and more. This disastrous policy of appeasement and pressure on Israel for further unilaterial disengagement can only lead to more terrorism. Let's face it -- Condi Rice may very well be out of her depth as Secretary of State. Yes, yes, I know how you all love her -- first black woman Secretary of State, figure skater, pianist, PhD., president of a university -- BUT -- she has zero experience as a diplomat and has little knowledge of the Middle East -- her specialty is the now defunct Soviet Union -- in effect, she has an obsolete body of knowledge. She commands no authority when she speaks and appears schoolmarmishly stilted and ill at ease, reading from a prepared text or searching for words. I am at a complete loss to understand the Bush policy in the region and fear it will prove disastrous.
The Jerusalem Post has the story:"
As Israel struggled Thursday to evacuate the Gush Katif settlements, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it must take further steps.
"Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing," she said in an interview with The New York Times. But, she added, "It cannot be Gaza only."
Rice said this is "really quite a dramatic moment in the history of the Middle East," and praised Sharon for proving himself "enormously courageous."
According to the Times, Rice said that while the withdrawal would take several weeks, Israel must take further steps soon afterward, including loosening travel restrictions in the West Bank and withdrawing from more Palestinian cities.