Real reason Netanyahu wouldn't halt settlement construction - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark
    • 16.11.09 | 13:15 (IST)

    Netanyahu criticized Sharon's disengagement because it was the complete opposite of the platform upon which Likud was elected. Sharon effectively stole the votes of Likud members. Netanyahu knows full-well that the overwhelming majority of Likud voters had no intention of completely ceasing settlement construction because that would "dry up" the settlements. These voters, who want peace, believe -- as indicated by the Bush Administration to Sharon himself-- that the major settlement blocks (such as Gush Etzion, which has always been Jewish historically and was captured by the Jordanians in 1948) should be left in Israeli hands in any peace agreement.

    from the article: Would Israel accept a state-and-a-half solution?
    First published 02:07 16.11.09 | Last updated 15:42 16.11.09
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