(2006-12-18) ‹ As the advocates of Hamas and Fatah, the armed political parties of the Palestinian Authority, shot at each other this weekend, President Mahmoud Abbas announced a new "Road Map for Peace" in the troubled region <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/18/world/middleeast/18mideast.html> .
"First, we will build a protective fence around each Palestinian," said Mr. Abbas in a written statement from his hidden bunker. "The fence must resist fire from AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades as well as the blast of car bombs and suicide vests."
The new personal fences would provide "an atmosphere of trust" for negotiations to produce a region with two political parties living peacefully side-by-side, the Palestinian leader said.
An unnamed spokesman for Hamas offered an alternative plan calling for "the destruction of the Zionist regime so that Hamas and Fatah partisans could live on opposite sides of the fence that now separates us from so-called Israeli territory."
"This plan is cheaper," the Hamas source said, "and has the added benefit of getting rid of the Jews who cause all of this violence."
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