The Salon II

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Kadima, from Palestine

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israeli poll deepens Palestinian gloom

"... Ehud Olmert, wants to abandon Jewish settlements in the centre of the occupied West Bank.

But Israel would consolidate its hold on the main settlement blocs. It would also hold on to occupied East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.

Palestinians would be confined to areas in the middle of the territory.


It would mean a continuation of occupation and a continuation of conflict - and that would be as bad for the Israelis as for us
Mustafa Barghouti

They say they would be stripped of some of their best land and water resources.

They would not have the capital they want, and they would have no control over their borders and their routes to the outside world.

They argue that they would never be able to create a viable state out of the land that Mr Olmert would leave them.

A leading independent Palestinian political figure, Mustafa Barghouti, has said of the plan: 'It would mean a continuation of occupation and a continuation of conflict - and that would be as bad for the Israelis as for us.'"
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