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Monday, December 29, 2003

Why do we bother?

PA: Sharon's order to dismantle "settlement outposts" a PR "stunt"
Reuters: JERUSALEM - The Palestinian Authority on Monday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's order to remove four unauthorized settlement outposts under a U.S.-backed peace "road map" as nothing more than a publicity stunt. "I think the world is sick and tired of these public relations stunts -- Israelis moving a caravan here and a caravan there," Palestinian Negotiating Minister Saeb Erekat told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Two members of Sharon's cabinet said the government was moving too slowly in carrying out a commitment to remove unauthorized settlement outposts from occupied territory.

The ministers spoke in interviews with Israel Radio after Sharon signed an order to accelerate the removal of the four outposts -- only one of them inhabited -- in accordance with the road map.

Arutz Sheva:
Minister Uzi Landau said... that he could not see the logic in "threatening" the PA that if it continues not to fight terrorism, Israel would withdraw from territories.
On this level, you've gotta love the whole controversy; it's insane.