Israel is working to reroute parts of its West Bank separation barrier to make it less burdensome on the Palestinians and more acceptable to the United States, a senior aide to Israel’s prime minister said Sunday. Israel is continuing to build the barrier, but Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government has made some minor adjustments, and is considering additional changes, said the aide, Zalman Shoval. Mr. Sharon has recently spoken of a range of independent measures that he could take if he concludes that Middle East peace efforts are hopelessly deadlocked. Mr. Sharon expects to visit Washington in the next few weeks, and Israeli officials acknowledge that they will be seeking American support before proceeding with unilateral steps. Full Story
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