Thursday, December 18, 2003

Only serious option?

More information on Israel's unilateral withdrawl from the West Bank has become available:

Tens of thousands of Jews will be moved out of their homes and behind an Israeli security fence next year if the U.S.-backed "road map" to peace fails, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday.

The process, Mr. Olmert said, will be "very painful and difficult and heartbreaking," but will be done to protect Jews both from terrorist attacks and from becoming outnumbered by Palestinian Arabs in their own state.

If Palestinians do not meet their obligations to fight terror and engage in "meaningful serious dialogue" he said, "we will have to take unilateral steps to separate ourselves from the Palestinians."

"Consequently, we will have to move out of territories that were administered by Israel for many years," Mr. Olmert said in a conference call with reporters from Jerusalem.

Unilateral withdrawl is probably the only serious option at this point...


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