Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's aides on Saturday distanced the premier from comments made by a political ally eschewing further settlement in the West Bank.
Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit, who broke with the Likud to join Sharon's new party Kadima, told The Jerusalem Post Friday that people should "build only in Israel" and that "the true Zionism of tomorrow is not to build a single additional house in Judea and Samaria." He instead supported settlement in the Galilee and the Negev.
Asi Shariv, the PM's media advisor, said the remarks were Sheetrit's alone and didn't reflect Sharon's thinking. "This is his [Sheetrit's] opinion and the prime minister has a different view."