Israel's demands set to threaten peace plan
Dov Weisglass said most of Israel's concerns centred on ending Palestinian
attacks and establishing Palestinian security forces committed to halting
Brian Avery, 24, of Albuquerque, was seriously wounded when he was hit in the face by a bullet from an Israeli armoured vehicle as he went to investigate the source of gunshots, a witness said.
Earlier, Lassel Smith, a Dane, was shot in the leg during a clash between stone-throwing youths and soldiers, Palestinians said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the shootings.
The peace "road map" is backed by the United States, the European
Union, Russia and the United Nations, who envisage the creation of a Palestinian
state by 2005. Both Israelis and the Palestinians support the plan in
The Palestinians say they accept the peace plan in its present form and accuse Israel of seeking to delay it or undermine efforts to carry it out by submitting a long list of alterations.
Without detailing Israel's reservations, Mr Weisglass told Israel radio: "We will submit 15 reservations on the road map to the United States, and if we find that a refusal of our proposed changes could jeopardise Israel's security, we will not accept it.
"On these issues we will not make any concessions, and if we have to, we will leave the negotiating table and come home."
Mr Weisglass is expected to travel to Washington soon for talks with the Bush Administration.
The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, said in Brussels earlier last week that the peace plan would be presented "as is" when the new Palestinian cabinet was in place. But the plan would not be imposed on the two sides.
"They'll have an opportunity to comment on it and to talk to each other about it," Mr Powell said.
The new Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, was appointed last month and is expected to announce his cabinet within the next couple of weeks.
Mr Weisglass said Israel was ready to hold talks with Mr Abbas, widely known as Abu Mazen.
"We will negotiate with Abu Mazen when he announces his government, and if he is moving in the right direction, Israel will reply immediately by moving in the same direction, so that his success will also be ours," Mr Weisglass said.
The New York Times
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