Alla luce delle nuove realtà sul terreno, compresi i già esistenti grandi centri di popolazione israeliana, è irrealistico aspettarsi che l'esito dei negoziati sulla stutus definitivo sia un pieno ritorno ai confini stabiliti con l'armistizio del 1949
Come dire che Washington appoggia la rivendicazione israeliana su alcuni insediamenti in Cisgiordania.
Anche sulla questione del ritorno dei profughi palestinesi, Bush è vicino alla linea di Sharon, affermando che dovranno vivere nel futuro stato palestinese e on in territori appartenenti a Israele.
L'approvazione della Casa Bianca è un buon viatico per il piano di Sharon che prevede lo stmantellamento di 21 insediamenti ebraici a Gaza e quattro in Cisgiordania.
(La Repubblica, 14 aprile 2004)
Haaretz, Wed., April 14, 2004 Nisan 23, 5764 Israel Time: 23:18 (GMT+3)
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Qureia says Palestinians reject U.S. statement
By Haaretz Staff, Haaretz Service and Agencies
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia on Wednesday rejected statements made by U.S. President George W. Bush implying that Israel would be allowed to keep some West Bank settlements in a final peace agreement.
After meeting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Washington, Bush said that a peace agreement must take into account realities on the ground. Bush said that the existence of Israeli population centers - referring to settlements - must be taken into account.
Minutes after Bush spoke, Qureia harshly criticized the U.S. president's stand. "He is the first president who has legitimized the settlements in the Palestinian territories when he said that there will be no return to the borders of 1967," he said. "We as Palestinians reject that, we cannot accept that, we reject it and we refuse it."
Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat also dismissed Bush's statement. "This is like someone giving a part of Texas' land to China," he said, adding that over the years, U.S. administrations have assured the Palestinians that issues like borders and settlements would be handled in negotiations between the two sides.
Erekat said, "If Israel wants to make peace, it must talk to the Palestinian leadership."
Other Palestinian officials also slammed the U.S. statement, including Yasser Abed Rabbo, who said "Bush and Sharon are trying to protect each others' political future but are endangering the political future of Israel, the Palestinians and the whole region."
Abbas Zaki, a leading member of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, called Bush's statements a serious strategic mistake. Bush should not have touched on final-status issues such as the return of Palestinian refugees and borders, Zaki said on Al Jazeera television.
Khaled Al-Batsh of Islamic Jihad said the U.S. letter of assurances to Sharon and Bush's denial of the Palestinians' right to return were a declaration of war against the Palestinian people. Bush and Sharon will have to shoulder the responsibility for the new cycle of war, he said.
Blair welcomes disengagement plan
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday welcomed Israel's plan to withdraw its armed forces from the Gaza Strip and dismantle some settlements in the West Bank.
Blair's statement followed U.S. President George W. Bush's endorsement of Israel's retention of part of the West Bank as a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
"I welcome Prime Minister Sharon's announcement that Israel intends to withdraw the Israeli Defense Forces from the Gaza Strip and dismantle all Israeli settlements there as well as some in the West Bank," Blair's statement said.
"Israel should now coordinate with the Palestinians on the detailed arrangements. The Palestinian Authority must show the political will to make the withdrawal from Gaza a success and to deliver on their roadmap responsibilities, especially regarding security."
Arafat: U.S. support for settlement blocs would signal end of peace process
Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said that U.S. assurances that Israel could keep some key West Bank settlement blocs and would not have to absorb Palestinian refugees would signal the end of the peace process.
In a statement issued by Arafat's office at the end of a meeting in Ramallah with Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and the rest of the Palestinian leadership, the PA chairman expressed concern about the meeting between Sharon and Bush.
A statement, on behalf of Arafat and the entire Palestinian leadership, said such an agreement would "lead to the destruction of the chances for the peace process and security and stability in the region. It will also restart the vicious cycle of violence in the region and end all the agreements and commitments that have been signed."
Arafat urged rejection for any such deal from Arab states, Islamic countries and the world in general, saying it would violate international laws and cancel the road map peace plan that Bush has backed.
Commenting on the proposed Gaza pullout, Arafat dismissed it as no more than a project to turn the territory into a "big prison" because Israel aims to keep control of borders as well as air and sea access.
"This deal which Sharon is seeking will take place at the expense of the Palestinian people and without the knowledge of the Palestinian people's legitimate leadership," the statement.
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