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barbaraann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:14 PM
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Israel planning unilateral withdrawals despite opposition.
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) continued to drop hints of major unilateral steps in dealings with the Palestinians, including the total evacuation of the Gaza Strip (news - web sites), despite US warnings and fierce opposition by settlers.

The Israeli daily Maariv reported that Sharon was planning to unveil a plan for a major army redeployment and the dismantling of several Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

"All the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip will be evacuated. At the end of the process, isolated settlements in Judea and Samaria will be evacuated," the daily said, using the Israeli term for the West Bank.
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http://news.yahoo.com/?tmpl=story&cid=1503&e=6&u=/afp/m...

This looks like great news to me!
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Dagaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:22 PM
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1. Good news
The UN can run the Gaza strip until a Palestinian state is formed.
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Resistance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:43 PM
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4. too late for a seperate Palestinian state
it is time to get working on the details of a bi-national solution.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:47 PM
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5. I would support, from here (US) , any solution on which I/P majority agree
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 07:01 PM
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6. Yeah, right.
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:22 PM
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2. Kind of a mixed bag.
IMO, Israel needs to totally withdraw from all occupied territories, then they will get my fullest support against terrorism.

Unilateral withdrawal is better than unilateral settlement, however.

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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 06:33 PM
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3. sounds like a good realistic first step, on face value, and interestingly
US administration is suddenly "against" unilateralism and "for" negotiation.....go figure.

Sharon, as one who knows the war history of the ME first hand, may finally see the situation spinning into chaos.

Extremism in Israel is a growing problem and unsupportable in the long run.

And, of course, this all may be a smoke screen quid pro quo with US. Sharon looks "independent" of US policy and US looks "independent" of Israeli policy...I get so jaded.

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barbaraann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 07:07 PM
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7. Yes, I thought the US position was strange, too.
I suppose there is a chance that Sharon is grasping reality but the PNACer's don't want to.
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tlcandie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 07:28 PM
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9. Ya, I'm confused so I am wondering what is up ....
Edited on Tue Dec-16-03 07:30 PM by tlcandie
Sharon would not give this up unless there was an ace up his or * sleeve. Wonder if it is for appearances only? As in doing this gives the illusion of peace while patiently waiting for the Syria/ Lebanon then Palestine liberation so that Israel can occupy whatever territory it wants. Maybe since they've destroyed Palestine that is no longer viable option compared to another area?

:shrug:

EDIT: typo
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SadEagle Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 08:29 PM
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11. Maybe he ran some polls?
eom
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 07:08 PM
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8. Didn't Sharon say something to this nature before, and then reneged?
If true is does sound good.
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tinnypriv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-03 07:44 PM
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10. It ain't great news
He's trying to head off peace, yet again. This is his reponse to the Geneva Accords.
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