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May 15, 2003

Minister Katz Against Road Map

Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz of the Likud, expressing what appears to be the majority view among the government ministers, says that he is convinced that the Sharon government will not dismantle any Jewish communities in Yesha. "I joined the government not to dismantle Jewish towns," he told Arutz-7 today, "but to strengthen them."

Katz further said that he does not support the establishment of a Palestinian state, "nor anything that could lead to the establishment of such a state." He said that it is not clear whether the Road Map will be even brought to the Cabinet for approval. "It is now known that all the hopes that some people placed on Abu Mazen were in vain, and in fact I proposed at the Cabinet meeting that we make it clear to the Americans and to Abu Mazen that if terrorism increases under his term, we will expel him just as the Americans did to other terrorist leaders... We should enter Gaza just as we entered the cities in Judea and Samaria, and take care of the terrorism there once and for all." (all emphases added)