Israel: Palestinian State Shelved with U.S. Blessing

Israel’s plan to withdraw from some occupied territory aims to rule out a Palestinian state indefinitely, with full U.S. approval, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s chief of staff said on Wednesday.Dov Weisglass’s remarks on the move to give up the Gaza Strip next year while keeping large chunks of the West Bank surprised U.S. diplomats, who said Washington remained dedicated to a “road map” peace plan for a Palestinian state. Sharon, wary of alienating Israel’s key ally, said later he still backed the “road map” effectively dismissed by Weisglass. Palestinians, whose calls for road map talks have been spurned by Israel’s ruling right, condemned Weisglass’s message.Full Story

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