When the Oslo accords collapsed three years ago with the Palestinian Arabs' launching of mass violence against Israel, numerous American Jewish leaders publicly admitted that they had been wrong all along about Oslo -- wrong to believe the Palestinian Arabs wanted peace, wrong to ignore Palestinian Arab violations of the accords, such as anti-Jewish and anti-Israel incitement, and wrong to sit by silently as the U.S. pressured Israel to make more one-sided concessions.
By now anyone can understand what is happening in the Middle East.
The spectacle of military dictatorships being exposed to the light of day is bracing, but now Europe, the United Nations and some in our own government want to return to business as usual. The president is basking in the deserved glory of our nation's victory, while some in his administration want to publish a road map that would reward one of the worst terrorist gangs in the world with a state of their own.
As the Palestinians move forward with the confirmation of a new prime minister, many are looking to the White House to see when President Bush will unveil the "road map" toward Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Secretary of State Colin Powell spent a week in the Middle East and managed to extract from Israeli and Arab leaders concessions that were promising and far-reaching -- for 1991.