Bush Administration has "Opened the Gates of Hell"
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Bush Administration has "Opened the Gates of Hell"</h1><p>May 19 (EIRNS)--Speaking in Jordan at the World Economic Forum, Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, told the conference that the Bush Administration's policy in Iraq and Palestine has "opened the gates of hell" in the region, according to today's Jerusalem Post. He also called for the lifting of sanctions against the Palestinian government, which he said were at the root of the ongoing strife between Palestinian factions, and for the implementation of the Arab League peace initiative.</p><p>Denouncing the policy of sanctions and occupation as the real cause of the fighting between Fatah and Hamas which has left over 40 dead, Amr Moussa said, "The inter-Palestinian fighting cannot be averted, because the Israeli troops are surrounding the Palestinian fighters and besieging the Palestinian people to starvation limits, at a time when unemployment exceeds 70 percent."</p><p>Although the "fighting cannot be justified," Moussa is quoted in today's edition of the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, the siege "has created a psychological atmosphere that degenerated into the present situation." Nonetheless he added, "This fighting should stop because it harms the Palestinian and Arab attitudes and benefits Israel."</p><p>Dismissing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's half-hearted offers for holding discussions on the Arab Peace initiative, Moussa said: "We don't need formal visits and media propaganda. Israel has first to stop settlements and talk directly to the Palestinians, and realize that the Arab peace plan is quite clear and represents an unequivocal message of peace."</p></div></body>