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As Palestinian Violence Subsides, Israel Must Stop Building Settlements, Powell Says

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told a large group of American supporters of Israel tonight that Israel faced “difficult choices” in making peace and that as terrorism by Palestinians subsided, Jewish “settlement activity” in the West Bank and Gaza must end. Speaking to an annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as Aipac, Mr. Powell also gave a vigorous defense of the Bush administration’s support for a peace plan drafted over the past year by the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union. The plan, known as a road map, calls for Palestinians to end support of violence, change their leadership, and adopt a more accountable government, while Israel eases the economic hardship of ordinary Palestinians. Eventually, Israel is supposed to end Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza. Full Story

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