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Obama's Egypt Talk Sets Stage for Netanyahu's Next Steps by ProQuest


Over time, [Ariel Sharon] and [George W. Bush] even worked out an approach to the thorny issue of settlements: Israel dismantled all of its settlements in Gaza and four in the West Bank; Bush responded to Sharon's disengagement plan by issuing a public letter acknowledging that Israel would end up with some of the territory it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War; and Bush offered a behind-thescenes green light to limited Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, despite the road map's call for a full settlement freeze, including what was called "natural growth."The Israelis made the first adjustment, with [Benjamin Netanyahu] refusing to affirm Sharon's endorsement of a Palestinian state, even though one of Israel's first obligations under the map is to issue an "unequivocal statement affirming flsrael's] commitment to the two-state vision of an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel.""He wants to see a stop to settlements," she said. "Not some settlements, not outposts, not 'natural growth' exceptions."

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