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Monday, January 2, 2006
Maariv: Sharon seeks American support for massive retreat after elections

Maariv: Sharon seeks American support for massive retreat after elections

Aaron Lerner Date: 2 January 2006

Maariv editor Amnon Dankner and Ben Caspit reported today in Maariv
www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/027/938.html that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
plans a massive retreat from the West Bank to "final borders" which will
include the evacuation of tens of thousands of Israelis from communities
after the elections when, as expected, it remains clear that the Road Map is
at a stalemate because of the failure of the PA to fulfill its obligations
to fight the terror infrastructure.

Danker and Ben Caspit note that while the Sharon team has already approached
the Bush administration with their retreat plan in the hopes that the
retreat would be recognized by the United States as a retreat to Israel's
final boundaries that Washington has declined, so far, to indicate that it
would support the retreat by providing such recognition.

According to Danker and Ben Caspit, the Sharon team hoped that the U.S.
would not only recognize Israel's retreat as a retreat to final borders but
that the U.S. would guaranty that Israel would never have to accept the
return of Palestinians refugees to within those borders.

Danker and Caspit note that "none of the promoters of the idea thinks that
this American-Israeli agreement would be the absolute final agreement. The
working assumption is that some matters would be left for final conclusion
between the sides themselves. "

It should be noted that the article was written as a serious report and not
as a satire.

Kadima Party minister Meir Sheetrit told Israel Radio in a live interview
broadcast today regarding the article that while he himself opposes
unilateral withdrawals from the West Bank that decisions would be made on
the matter only after the elections and it becomes clear that the Roadmap
has reached a stalemate.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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