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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Israel Continues Construction on One West Bank Settlement

A day after the meeting between President Bush and Israeli PM Sharon, when Sharon agreed that he would halt all west bank expansions, the bulldozers and working crews are still working in an area they claim does not constitute expansion. But this action is in direct defiance with the Bush Administration and worse, looks like a slap to face of Palestinians. Sharon was quoted Monday saying "It was not to antagonize the U.S., but to keep areas that seem strategic to Israel." Bush countered that any further construction would constitute a violation of the international peace plan road map. Today, it seems yesterday's agreements fell on deaf ears. Construction in Maaleh Adumim has continued unabated through various Mideast peace plans, and it proceeded today as well. In 2004, Bush broke ranks with U.S. policy in saying that any future peace deal would have to take into account existing jewish population centers as part of Israeli territory. Israel has very freely taken that to mean that any current territory under its control is rightfully theirs, including the one in question. We will see what the Palestinian actions to this development will be soon enough. They have already expressed displeasure at Israeli intentions.
West Bank Jewish Settlements Continue

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