Gaza Crisis Clouds West Bank Plan

(USA Today) Thomas Frank - Israeli troops are back in areas ceded to Palestinians, feeding concerns that pulling out of territories leads to instability - not security. Israeli analysts and officials say the recent Gaza conflict is undermining support for withdrawing tens of thousands of Israeli settlers from the West Bank. "If it went wrong in Gaza, it definitely will go wrong in the West Bank," says Menachem Klein, an adviser to former prime minister Ehud Barak. "What's been happening in the last few weeks, with Kassam missiles flying out and the general deterioration in the security situation, definitely causes a problem if you're looking for public support for unilateral withdrawals," says Isabel Kershner, senior Middle East editor of the Jerusalem Report.

2006-07-05 00:00:00

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