Sunday, February 20, 2005

Israel Approves Historic Withdrawals

Israel has approves historic withdrawals from the Gaza Strip and has begun to plan for the future borders of the Israeli state:

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's (search) Cabinet began charting Israel's future borders in a historic session Sunday, giving final approval to a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip (search) and a revised route for the West Bank separation barrier that would move Israel's border closer to that of its original frontier.

With the vote, an Israeli government agreed for the first time since capturing the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war (search) to dismantle some of the dozens of Jewish settlements it has built there. However, approving the route of the barrier, Israel acted unilaterally on what was to be a key issue in peace talks with the Palestinians, and signaled it will keep a chunk of prime West Bank land close to Jerusalem, including two large Jewish settlement blocs

Well, very interesting, but as always with events in Israel we will have to wait to see how violent the reaction from Hamas and Hezbollah will be.

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