Wednesday, February 08, 2006
AP: Israel to keep west bank settlements, Jerusalem
By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer -- Wednesday, 1 hour, 17 minutes ago
JERUSALEM - will retain its main 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 aftersuffered 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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