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West Bank Settlements Expanding: Gaza Sleight Of Hand

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Ariel Sharon is expanding settlements in the West Bank against Israeli law and in violation of what the US and other world powers are trying to negotiate to secure the future establishment of a Palestinian state.

Does anyone still foster the naive idea that Sharon's goal is anything aside from expansionism?

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Last week Ephraim Sneh, an opposition Labour party MP, presented photographs of the outposts and infrastructure expansion to his party's caucus in parliament.

"In blunt violation of the promise to the US president, the government doesn't dismantle the illegal outposts. With government money they are expanded, asphalt roads are paved - all the necessary preparations to turn them into permanent settlements," he told the Guardian.

"It casts a shadow on the real intent of Sharon's disengagement plan. The disengagement may be just a cover for the real intention of the prime minister to deepen and solidify the Israeli hold in the West Bank." He added that the expansion was possible only with official cooperation. "It can't be done without government encouragement and financing," he said. In May, the state comptroller said Israel's housing ministry had illegally funnelled about £3.8m to fund unauthorised settlement expansion, half of it to the illegal outposts.

(Note: PeaceNow - Settlement Watch is an Israeli group.)
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Originally posted by groverat
Does anyone still foster the naive idea that Sharon's goal is anything aside from expansionism?

It's very hard to argue to the contrary. If it were truly about safety they could build the wall inside their territory and pile the military up around both sides of it, drastically reducing any threat to the Israeli population, and nobody would question it at all.
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