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Middle East / Road Map for Peace / Sharon / Pinkas Interview #729244

CNN Evening News for Monday, May 26, 2003
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(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Kelly Wallace) Israel's historic vote to accept the US-led road map for peace in the Middle East featured; details given about land for peace; Israeli newspaper poll findings on Israelis' view of the road map cited. [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel SHARON {thru translator} - says what is happening to the Palestinians is an occupation.] [Palestinian legal adviser Diana BUTTU†- says this is a political conflict.] Sharon's call for the first step to be a crackdown on groups like Hamas, which claimed responsibility for four recent suicide bombings against Israelis, noted. The coming Israeli-Palestinian summit meeting & a possible summit hosted by President Bush discussed.

(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) Live interview held with Israeli consul general Alon Pinkas about what will happen next. [From New York, PINKAS - says the steps in the road map are meant to be sequential starting with the Palestinian clampdown on radicals; states illegal settlements will be removed, but the freeze on settlements waits to be seen; notes the US could monitor whether the new Palestinian government is fighting against terrorism; states peace in the region is primarily up to the Palestinians, not President Bush.]

Amanpour, Christiane;
Wallace, Kelly

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