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tinnypriv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 05:54 AM
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Under U.S. pressure, Israel postpones meeting on West Bank fence
Edited on Wed Sep-17-03 06:01 AM by tinnypriv

Under U.S. pressure, Israel postpones meeting on West Bank fence
Associated Press, 17 September 2003


Prime Minister Ariel Sharon postponed a decision on the path of a security fence through the West Bank, a minister said Wednesday, a day after Washington warned Israel might lose part of $9 billion in loan guarantees over the barrier.

The Israeli security Cabinet was to have met Wednesday to decide whether the security barrier should include several Jewish settlements deep in the West Bank.

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Israeli media said a majority of the 11 members of the security Cabinet support building the next stretch deep in the West Bank, to include large Jewish settlements on the "Israeli" side. The reports said Sharon called off the meeting -- and a decision -- to avoid confrontation with Washington.

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Israel says the fence is essential to stop Palestinian bombers and gunmen slipping into Israel to carry out attacks. In the 1967 Mideast war, Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip, lands Palestinians want for a future state. Palestinians fear the barrier will become a de facto border.

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archi...

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Comment: "Israeli media" actually names names and says the usual suspects like Neten-yahoo and Avidor L are itching for the vote so they can land-grab Ari'el. No surprise there. :puke:

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Related: Israel to leave large Jewish settlement outside West Bank security barrier (written last sunday) - this is the only article so far (literally, the only one) to tell American taxpayers in detail about IDF plans for Ari'el. As usual, Israeli's know all about it (front page news even), but the people paying the bills don't (unless they read DU-I/P, natch) :)
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 05:59 AM
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1. As I understand it,
this so-called "fence" is really akin to what they put around prisons. And I've also heard Sharon's plan is to imprison the Palestinians by taking more of their land and isolating them into three seperate sections. Anyone else heard this?
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tinnypriv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 06:14 AM
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2. Sure, it isn't anything new
Here is something from the year 2000:



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Green is Israeli controlled.
White is annexed to Israel.
Brown is Palestinian.

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You can make out the three cantons right there, even without the wall. The wall is just following the previous lines (although now the land to be given back is less than even this).

From the topic, this is the place the article is on about (Ari'el, I've arrowed it):

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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 07:24 AM
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3. Excellent map - great post - but "White is annexed" is not yet true!
:-)
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tinnypriv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 08:01 AM
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4. Yep, those should say "proposed to be"
Good catch. Whoops. :)
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