November 14 2003 - A leaked Israeli Government memo admits Israel failed to honour key obligations under the stalled "road map" for peace.
The document emerged amid signs of a faint thaw in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
The memo - leaked to Reuters as Palestinian legislators were endorsing a new prime minister and a fresh push for peace - says that instead of honouring its commitment to evacuate new Jewish settlements in West Bank, Israel had "sought in every way to whitewash their existence and build more".
Details of the memo leaked to Reuters by government sources concluded that Israel lacked international credibility because of its failure to follow the road map or come up with its own creative ideas to end the conflict.
"We promised the United States that we would dismantle the outposts and have not done so. That is our Achilles heel," the memo said.
News of the memo's existence follows recent Israeli Government decisions to build hundreds of homes in existing settlements and extend recognition and support to several new "outpost" settlements previously scheduled for demolition under the road map.
In addition, plans for Israel's new security fence show it dipping deep inside occupied Palestinian territory to encompass more than 50 settlements regarded as illegal by the international community.
Human rights groups say despite the Government's commitment to dismantle dozens of new outpost settlements, only one inhabited outpost had been removed and this was soon replaced by another nearby.
Reuters said the memorandum had been prepared for Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, although a spokesman for Mr Shalom denied knowledge of it. Reuters said another senior government source acknowledged the memo's existence but denied it showed Israel had acted in bad faith.
Israel also accuses the Palestinian Authority of reneging on its road map obligation to move against militant groups responsible for terrorist attacks in Israel and armed resistance in the occupied territories.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Parliament met in Ramallah to endorse the appointment of new moderate Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie and his calls for a new push for peace.
In his speech Mr Qurie stopped short of promising a violent crackdown on Palestinian militants but called for a new ceasefire and the need to restore the rule of law.
Mr Qurie's acceptance of the post was a victory for Palestinian chairman Yasser Arafat, who persuaded his ally to drop his demand Mr Arafat cede him control of the security forces.