Sunday, March 07, 2004

Thanks to Josh Marshall for pointing out this article in the Israeli Paper,
Haaretz. Now that attribution is taken care of, here's the gist-

"Sources: PM drops option of moving Gaza settlers to W. Bank

By Reuters and Haaretz Service

Political sources said Friday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a concession to the United States, had dropped the option of moving settlers from Gaza Strip settlements to the West Bank, an idea that had enraged Palestinians.
Also Friday, security sources said that, bowing to White House pressure Israel intends to wait until after the U.S. presidential election in November before uprooting the Jewish settlements in Gaza.
The security sources said Sharon recognized the Bush administration's concern that implementing his unilateral pullout plan during the U.S. campaign could cause political problems by fuelling instability in Palestinian areas."

As Josh Marshall so rightly points out, "...if the administration is pushing back turmoil in the Middle East to game the election, we should know more about that."

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