Netanyahu: Olmert's planned agreement endangers Israeli citizens

September 1, 2008 15:24
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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's planned agreement with the Palestinians is morally and fundamentally unacceptable and will bring Hamas closer to the Israeli home front, opposition leader and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "At the time, we warned that if Hamas gained control over the Gaza Strip it would lead to rocket attacks on Ashkelon, but people claimed we were just trying to induce unnecessary fear. Unfortunately, it is again evident we were right," Netanyahu said while visiting Ma'aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem. Netanyahu stressed the importance of keeping territorial continuity between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, and expressed his support for continuing construction in the E-1 area. In mid-August, officials informed the High Court of Justice that the state would shift the route of the security barrier in the Judean Desert southeast of Jerusalem so that 4,000 dunams of the roughly 70,000 dunams of West Bank land that was to be located on the 'Israeli side' of the fence would be on the other side. At the same time, the state made clear that the settlement of Kedar, south of Ma'aleh Adumim, would remain on the Israeli side of the barrier, in accordance with the original route. Dan Izenberg and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this story

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