One doesn't have to be a prophet to conclude that this plan, like all the others, won't work because the only Palestinian state Arafat wants is one that does not include Israel anywhere in the region. But maybe Bush is playing a smart man's game. Perhaps he knows his idea will be rejected, thus giving Israel new permission to root out the terrorists by military means.
No nation can sustain itself when suicide bombers kill the innocent. Violence cannot and must not be rewarded, or it will simply encourage more violence.
All of the explanations from the Arab and Palestinian side are worthless. Homicide bombers are killing innocent civilians. There is no explanation and no excuse for this. Surely the President understands this. We'll find out early next week. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.