Well, um, no, that didn’t seem to make it into Secretary of State Rice’s remarks today:
We welcome the completion of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. This is an historic moment for both sides, and the commitment of both sides to a successful disengagement process has been impressive. Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’s courageous decision both will enhance Israel’s security and allow the Palestinians to make progress toward building the necessary institutions for a future state.
We congratulate the Israelis and Palestinians on their effective coordination in recent months and particularly during the actual implementation of disengagement over the last four weeks. We hope to see this cooperation continue as we move forward, working with Israelis, Palestinians, our Quartet partners, and the broader international community to revitalize the Palestinian economy, assist the Palestinian security forces to restore law and order and to fight terrorism and strive to advance the President’s vision of two states living side by side in peace and security.
BTW, leaving aside Cliff’s excellent point about the unimaginability of Palestinians leaving synagogues standing as a symbol of commitment to “the President’s vision,” what’s this business about the Palestinian security forces “restoring” law and order and “fight[ing] terrorism”? Had they stored law and order at some point that we missed? Have they ever done anything to fight terrorism?