debkafile Reports: US names Middle East Quartet to monitor implementation of Road Map’s clause on terror and settlements
The proposal was presented in a five-point document put before Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas when they met in Jerusalem Monday, Nov. 19. Washington drew up the document to break the Israel-Palestinian stalemate on a joint declaration for Middle East conference.
The two sides were “asked” to agree to the Middle East Quartet stepping in to monitor their adherence to the first paragraph of the Road Map, under which the Palestinians are obliged to combat terror and Israel to freeze settlement activity. The Quartet is composed of the US, the European Union, Russia and the UN. In bowing to Washington’s request, Israel will for the first time entrust an outside body with determining the facts in these sensitive issues, thereby repudiating its sovereign responsibilities. Political and military sources in Jerusalem accuse Olmert of leading Israel into a trap.