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Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, July 17, 2003

Palestinians Continue Hostility, Despite Promise of State

The so-called "road map" to peace in the Middle East was supposed to instill confidence in the Palestinians that their hope for a homeland was near. One might expect, then, to see a reduction in the hate spewed at Israel and the United States, as a Palestinian state is the ultimate and final goal. One would be wrong to think this way.

In violation of the road map, which calls for a cessation of hostile statements toward Israel, the official Palestinian authority TV station has broadcast a lecture urging Arabs to murder Jews.

On July 13, PA-TV featured Dr. Hassan Khader, founder of the Al Quds encyclopedia, who delivered a lecture in which he quoted Mohammed as saying, "the hour (or day of resurrection) will not arrive until you fight the Jews (until a Jew will hide behind a rock or tree) and the rock and the tree will say, 'O Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"

There's plenty more of this stuff. The fact is that Israel's enemies want it all, not just their own state. They want Israel's state, too.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.