The Palestinian Authority president-elect extended an olive branch to Israel. “We extend our hand to our neighbors. We are ready to make peace based on justice and we hope that the response will be positive,” Mahmoud Abbas said Monday on Palestine Television. “As we said before, we are committed to peacemaking and the peace process and the ‘road map’ ” peace plan, he said. But Abbas has ruled out a crackdown on Palestinian terrorist groups, as mandated by the road map.
January 11, 2005