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Israeli PM says occupation is “bad for us and them”
Published on Jul 23, 2015
(26 May 2003)
1. Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, entering a Likud knesset members meeting
2. Zoom in to Sharon sitting down
3. Cutaway, press
4. Mid shot, Sharon
5. Likud Knesset members sitting at meeting, then zoom out to wide shot
6. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister:
” I want to say to you very clearly.I will make every effort to reach a political solution because I think it is important to Israel to reach a political solution. I also think the idea to keep 3.5 million people under occupation is a bad thing for us and them.”
7. Wide shot, meeting
8. Likud member shouting at Sharon
9. End of meeting
10. Sharon and officials leaving meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Monday he endorsed a peace plan recognising the Palestinians’ right to a state because continuing to “keep 3.5 million people under occupation is a bad thing for us and them.”
Sharon was defending his new position against Likud legislators intent on reminding him of his prior opposition to concessions to the Palestinians.
“This can’t continue endlessly,” he told angry lawmakers from his Likud Party a day after his Cabinet conditionally approved the US-backed “road map” for Mideast peace.
The plan envisages a Palestinian state by 2005.
The 12-7 Cabinet vote, with four abstentions, marked a sea change in policy, especially for hawks in Sharon’s Likud party for whom Palestinian statehood has been anathema.
For decades, Sharon was Israel’s most prominent hawk, arguing that a Palestinian state would pose a mortal danger to Israel.
Sharon has also, in the past, pushed for Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to thwart future land concessions to the Palestinians.
On Monday, he found himself in the unfamiliar position of defending his peace efforts.
“To keep 3.5 million people under occupation is bad for us and them,” he said of Israeli’s 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Officials were preparing on Monday for a meeting in the coming days between Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Monday morning the meeting could happen within 48 hours.
That meeting could pave the way for a three-way summit with US President George W. Bush, expected to take place next week.
The “road map” is a three-year, three-phase blueprint for stopping the violence and leading to a full Palestinian state living in peace next to Israel.