The US is saying that they oppose the expulsion of Yassir Arafat. The President’s spokesman also said something exceptionally dumb:
McClellan volunteered also a reminder that Bush wants to see a Palestinian state established in two years on land now held by Israel.
"His views are that we need to get the parties back focused on moving forward," the spokesman said.
To be perfectly honest, if the President believes this issue will be solved by a few treaties and in two years, he’s being exceptionally naive.
As long as Arafat is in power he will do what he can to destroy the peace process. If Israel and the Palestinians are at peace, then there’s no need for Yassir Arafat. Arafat has absolutely no interest in creating a peaceful coexistance. The Palestinians do not and will not recognize the right of Israel to continue to exist. Under such circumstances there can be no possibility of any real or lasting peace.
Unless Arafat is exiled or dead, the roadmap cannot continue and would be a pointless gesture. If the former is not acceptable to the US, then I suggest the latter.