Wednesday, February 08, 2006


AP: Israel to keep west bank settlements, Jerusalem

By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer -- Wednesday, 1 hour, 17 minutes ago

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reviews a map of the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement block as he begins a tour of the area in the West Bank Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 by looking from an overview from a forest in Aminadav, near Jerusalem. Israel media reported that in an interview to be aired Tuesday Olmert said that he intends to hold on to all of Israel's major settlement blocs and smaller ones on the border with Jordan. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)JERUSALEM - Israel will retain its main West Bank settlement blocs and all of Jerusalem when its permanent borders are drawn, but will give up parts of the West Bank where most Palestinians live, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, said.

Olmert's interview Tuesday on Channel 2 TV was his first since taking power a month ago after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and went into a coma. Olmert staked out the center ahead of Israel's general election on March 28, with the Kadima Party he inherited from Sharon holding a solid lead in the polls.

"We will disengage from most of the Palestinian population that lives in Judea and Samaria," Olmert said, using the biblical names for the West Bank. "That will obligate us to leave territories under Israeli control today."

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Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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