Israel announced yesterday that it will be building 500 new housing units on the West Bank after the U.S. sent its approval earlier last week. The
Palestinians are furious over these turn of events and oppose any settlement on the West Bank in hopes of establishing an independent state.
Although Israel is promoting peace amongst the Palestinians by withdrawing from Gaza, the apparent expansion into the West Bank region offsets peace
dramatically and "will not bring about stability nor will it bring peace" (Palest. PM Ahmed Qureia).
In addition, the plans for the West Bank barrier, a construction which would very much hinder Palestinians from jobs, hospitals, and farmlands, has
been revamped and now includes changes to a roughly 60-mile stretch from Elkana to Jerusalem and therefore extends the estimated completion date to
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel announced plans Monday for 500 new housing units in the West Bank, after an apparent U.S. policy shift that has infuriated
the Palestinians. The Palestinians oppose all Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, lands where they hope to establish an independent
The plan includes a full withdrawal from Gaza next year. At the same time, Sharon wants to strengthen large blocs of Israeli settlements in the West
Bank. He says the moves will boost Israel's security and preserve its Jewish majority.
The United States, which supports the Gaza pullout plan, has signaled recently that it will allow Israel to build inside existing West Bank
settlements, while remaining opposed to construction in undeveloped areas. In the past, Washington has objected to all settlement construction.
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The United States should stop supporting anything in that region. It only creates greater animosity and such things must be stopped!
People wonder why America is hated, and this has to be the number one reason.
[edit on 8-24-2004 by Valhall]