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Israeli army orders confiscation of Palestinian land in West Bank | Israel and the Middle East | Guardian Unlimited
The Israeli army has ordered the seizure of Palestinian land surrounding four West Bank villages apparently in order to hugely expand settlements around Jerusalem, it emerged yesterday.

The confiscation happened as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met to prepare the ground for a meeting hosted by President George Bush in the United States aimed at reviving a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

However, critics said the confiscation of land suggested that Israel was imposing its own solution on the Palestinians through building roads, barriers and settlements that would render a Palestinian state unviable.

The land seized forms a corridor from East Jerusalem to Jericho and is intended to be used for a road that would be for Palestinians only. Analysts said the road would run on one side of the Israeli security barrier, while the existing Jerusalem-Jericho road would be reserved for Israelis.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:38:45 PM EST
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The confiscation happened as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met to prepare the ground for a meeting hosted by President George Bush in the United States aimed at reviving a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Same old, same old. Now if the Palestinians react to this blatant land grab, the Israelis can say "look, we tried again to bring peace through these negotiations here, but they just were not interested."

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 06:25:09 AM EST
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Can-not-bear-it:  Apartheid wall, apartheid roads... to be spun as ´peace´???

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 11:54:47 AM EST
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