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June 05, 2003

Sharon's speech

…As the P.M. of Israel, the land which is the cradle of the Jewish people, my paramount responsibility is the security of the people of Israel and of the State of Israel… Israel has lent its strong support for President Bush's vision, expressed on June 24, 2002, (no mention of the Road Map) of two states--Israel and a Palestinian state--living side by side in peace and security… It is in Israel's interest not to govern the Palestinians but for the Palestinians to govern themselves in their own state (he is saying that Israel doesn't want to govern people. He is not saying that he doesn't want the land where our settlements are. He distinguishes between occupying people and occupying land,). A democratic (that's a must) Palestinian state fully at peace with Israel will promote the long-term security and well-being of Israel as a Jewish state (the stress on Jewish state). There can be no peace, however, without the abandonment and elimination of terrorism, violence, and incitement…(This is a precondition to a state) As all parties perform their obligations, we will seek to restore normal Palestinian life [and] improve the humanitarian situation…

We can also reassure our Palestinian partners that we understand the importance of territorial contiguity in the West Bank, for a viable, Palestinian state…(He is trying to limit the meaning of "viable" as in the Road Map to contiguous as opposed to Israel being responsible for its economic viability or water self sufficiency) In regard to the unauthorized outposts (he didn't call them illegal), I want to reiterate that Israel is a society governed by the rule of law (to my mind this reference can only mean that because our laws require it we will remove them. He didn't want to leave the impression that he was removing them because the Road Map or Bush required the removal.)Thus, we will immediately begin to remove unauthorized outposts (he distinguishes between settlements and outposts). Israel seeks peace with all its Arab neighbors [and] is prepared to negotiate in good faith wherever there are partners….