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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 06:12 AM
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Israel confirms settlement growth
Israel confirms settlement growth

About 390,000 Jewish settlers already live in the West Bank
The Israeli government has confirmed plans to increase the size of its largest settlement in the West Bank.
Approximately 3,500 homes are planned for Maale Adumin, east of Jerusalem.

The settlements at Ariel in the northern West Bank, and Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, are also expected to be expanded.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Israeli plan threatened hopes of restarting the Middle East peace process.

" sabotages all efforts seeking to get the peace process back on track," he told the AFP news agency.

"The Israeli government wants to determine Jerusalem's fate by presenting the settlements and wall as a fait accompli.

"We ask the Quartet and American President George Bush: what happened to the two-state vision and how can we have peace while settlements and the wall continue to be built?" Mr Erekat said.

Under the peace plan known as the roadmap, Israel pledged to freeze the growth of settlements on land occupied since 1967. The plan is sponsored by the "quartet" of the US, Russia, European Union and United Nations.

The international community considers all settlements in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

About 400,000 Jewish settlers live in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem - alongside more than four million Palestinians.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4367787.stm
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 06:19 AM
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1. Self delete
Edited on Mon Mar-21-05 06:20 AM by MrModerate
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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 07:09 AM
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3. Sorry, I had read the LBN rules before and skipped over them
this time. I forgot about the Israel/Palestine forum. :hi:
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Adrian Luca Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 06:25 AM
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2. Typical Israeli Attitude
I recently heard the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations lamenting that Israel was going beyond the road map's conditions by dismantling outposts while the palestinians were not following the road map.

Of course the Israeli plan all along is to dismanle a few insignificant outposts while dramatically increasing other disputed settlements.

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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 07:46 AM
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4. I also saw a bit on BBC where an independent organization
has been following this issue and has identified a number of settlements that have been covertly sanctioned by the Israeli government.
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 08:16 AM
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5. with Maale Adumin expansion how does PA get into East Jer. capitol?
The Isreali court ordered air photos needed to remove "settlements" did show previously unkown trailers. And the expansion is with Bush permission at 3 blocks.

But the "rules" still call for a palestinian capitol in East Jer. -

and for no "cantons" beyond Gaza.

EU news seems to report road building to help the Palestinian State, but no maps.

Anyone have any maps of the new roads - and the effective lines for the "wall" that is becoming the defacto border as folks do not want to talk of a reasonable compromize like the Taba outline?
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