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美国国家安全事务助理赖斯关于“向中东恐怖活动开战”的演讲

2006-07-07 18:25

  At the Annual National Summit for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice speaks about “The Global War on Terror and the Broader Middle East.”

  2004年10月25日,美国国家安全事务助理赖斯在美国以色列公共事务委员会(AIPAC)年度会议上发表关于“向中东恐怖活动开战”的演讲:“The Global War on Terror and the Broader Middle East.”

  Rice urges foreign leaders to pressure Arafat to step down

  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Foreign leaders who still talk to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat must pressure him to step aside, now that Israeli leaders are pushing a plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

  “People are going to have to draw together and say to Yasser Arafat, 'All right, the game is up. You really need to do the things you agreed to,'” Rice told several hundred people attending a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the country.

  The speech was one of several Rice planned to give in states considered battlegrounds in the presidential race during the last two weeks before the election. Democrats have criticized Rice for the speeches, claiming they smack of politics.

  But an AIPAC spokesman said Rice had been scheduled to address the group months in advance and her presence had nothing to do with politics. Other speakers during the two-day conference included Richard Holbrooke, the U.N. ambassador under President Clinton and several U.S. lawmakers from both parties.

  “AIPAC doesn't rate or endorse candidates,” said spokesman Andrew Schwartz.

  The Israeli parliament on Monday began a two-day debate on whether to approve a plan pushed by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to withdraw from Gaza.

  Palestinians are skeptical about the plan, worrying that Sharon will use the withdrawal to blunt international criticism and strengthen Israel's hold over large parts of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands the Palestinians claim for a state.

  “There also has to be — finally — a conversation, a discussion with Yasser Arafat by those who still talk to him — we're not among those — …… to say 'All right, land is now being returned to the Palestinian people,'” Rice said. '“You said that's what you wanted all these years, now is time to step aside.'”

  That way, a prime minister independent of Arafat can take power and restructure the Palestinian security forces, she said.

  “Right now, the Palestinian security forces are not only corrupt and …… unable to participate in security on behalf of Israel, they're having trouble participating in security on behalf of the Palestinian people,” Rice said.

  In the wide-ranging talk, Rice also said the world community can work diplomatically to neutralize the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, but she added the problem likely will have to be referred to the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions.

  “If the world is willing to say to the Iranians, 'You can not have it both ways …… You cannot be a member in good-standing with the international community and have a nuclear weapons program,' then I think you may see the kind of safeguards that we need to deal with the Iranian problem,” Rice said.

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