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'The real enemy of the Palestinian people'

The real enemy of the Palestinian people is not the Israelis but Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Al Aqsa Brigade and Yasser Arafat.

The first stage of the peace plan calls on the Palestinians to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere."

But U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said in remarks published that the U.S. would "not be satisfied" until the terrorist organizations were dismantled for good.

"We must ensure that the Palestinians understand that we will not be satisfied until terror has been eliminated, not just momentarily, not only for a hudna, but permanently,"
Powell told the Ma'ariv newspaper.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that

"Israel's biggest mistake in the past had been its restraint in responding to violations of previous agreements with the Palestinians. "

"Past experience teaches us that once a diplomatic agreement has been reached, the greatest mistake is to ignore seemingly minor violations in its implementation,"he said at a graduation ceremony at the National Security College, near Tel Aviv.

As examples, he cited Europe's willingness to overlook Nazi Germany's violations of agreements prior to World War II, as well as Israel's own experiences.

"For the past three years, we have paid a heavy price for Israel's restraint over the daily violations of the Oslo accords," he said.

"We paid for the fact that terrorist organizations were not disarmed, that illegal weapons were not collected, that the intolerable incitement against Israel in the educational system and the media never stopped."

Sharon said that implementation of the first phase of the U.S.-backed road map to Middle East peace, including a

"total cessation of violence," is beginning, but warned that Israel "will insist on the fulfillment of every obligation included in the road map. We will do this because only insisting that agreements be honored will bring the longed-for peace."

He said the subsequent phases could not start until all the elements of previous stages are implemented, rejecting a Palestinian demand for a time line for carrying out the plan. Ariel Sharon speaking during a visit to the National Defense College near Tel Aviv on Thursday. (AP)

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