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Likud declares a limited autonomy for Palestinians

Source: Turkish Weekly (26/12/2006)

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli daily newspaper, Maariv, has reported that the Israeli Likud opposition party is working on a draft to give Palestinians autonomy, but with limited political authorities, which will frustrate the establishment of a Palestinian state.


The paper added in its Sunday issue that the eight ideological groups in the Likud party held a meeting in which 50 of the prominent figures of the Likud, participated in order to discuss the project and to frame and assign the new goals and strategies of the party.

The paper quoted the spokesman of the party as saying, "there are many initiatives such as the Geneva initiative and the convergence plan of Olmert in addition to the unilateral disengagement plan, which we in the Likud have only one word for: NO, that is why we have to sit and frame a new strategy."

Other members in the Likud said that the, "plan offered now is not recognizing the Palestinian state; it is a plan to give them a wide autonomy with limited political authorities."

Another Likud member who participated in the meetings, said, "The plan aims to include 60 percent of the West Bank, with hundreds of Palestinians inside Israel and leave the settlements in the West Bank as they are now. The Palestinians should be given wide autonomy with little political rights and authorities, in addition to giving Palestinians free movement on separated streets and roads in the West Bank."