PM Sharon tells Haaretz that Israel would have to remove some settlements to get peace with Palestinians...
Sharon, long a right-wing champion of Jewish settlement on land occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, says he is ready to take steps "that are painful for every Jew and for me personally". He says:
"Our whole history is bound up with these places: Bethlehem, Shiloh, Beit El. I know that we will have to part with some of these places. There will be a parting from places that are connected to the whole course of our history... As a Jew, this agonises me. But I have decided to make every effort to reach a [peace] settlement".
Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin said the prime minister was not singling out specific settlements in his remarks to Haaretz.
April 13, 2003
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