ARIEL STONEWALLS ON FENCE (NEW YORK POST) By URI DAN WASHINGTON 07/30/03)
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July 30, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
yesterday told President Bush that Israel will continue to build a
security fence, despite concerns raised by the White House.
Sharon, at his eighth White House summit with Bush, said the
fence "will continue to be built" to keep out Palestinian homicide
bombers and other terrorists from the West Bank.
"Good fences make good neighbors," Sharon told Bush during their
Bush alluded to his disagreement with Sharon during a press
conference when he called on the Israeli leader "to carefully
consider all the consequences of Israel´s actions" and to take steps
to improve the daily lives of Palestinians.
But the president, standing next to Sharon at a Rose Garden press
conference, did not publicly press the Israelis to halt the fence,
which Bush last week called "a problem" after he met with Palestinian
Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel began building the fence more than a year ago. It is not
specifically mentioned in Bush´s "road map" peace plan, but has
become a source of friction between the parties.
Neither Bush nor Sharon mentioned Israeli press reports that Sharon
may halt construction of a particularly controversial part of the
fence, near large West Bank settlements, for six months.
Sharon told The Post it was no secret "the U.S. didn´t favor the
settlements or the security fence," but said his meeting with Bush
was "one of the best summits we´ve had." (Copyright 2003 NYP
Holdings, Inc. 07/30/03)
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