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June 06, 2003

Israel News

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Israel and Palestinians Promise First Steps in Peace (45 articles)
The U.S.-sponsored "road map" peace plan calls for mutual confidence-building steps, including a halt to Palestinian militant attacks on Israelis and curbs on settlements, leading to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza by 2005. Hard-line Israelis say the settlements reinforce their claim to Biblical lands but other Israelis say the illegal outposts get in the way of a deal that could unburden their country of the costly occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. President Bush gave impetus to the peace process by his vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security. Israel eased travel restrictions Sunday on Palestinians and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he would probably dismantle illegal settlement outposts soon, as leaders prepared for a summit with SHEIK, Egypt President Bush. The summit Wednesday in the Jordanian town of Aqaba will be the ceremonial launch of the '' road map '' to Mideast peace, a three-phase plan envisioning an end to violence and the creation of a Palestinian state in 2005. The Mideast peace summit (search) could yield a series of goodwill gestures and first steps toward calming the violence that erupted 32 months ago, ended peace negotiations and killed more than 3,000 Israelis and Palestinians. [locate specific links under title link]