Sharon Reiterates His Separation Plan.
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Likud Chairman Ariel Sharon, the party's candidate for prime minister, believes that Israel should prepare for a unilateral separation from the Palestinians, but he has said that he supports implementation of the plan only in response to a unilateral declaration of independence on the part of the Palestinian Authority.
There are only a few differences between Sharon's proposal and a separation plan devised by Prime Minister Ehud Barak and they are based on the two leaders' different perceptions of a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Barak wants a permanent settlement and desires to draw the separation line around the large settlement blocs that are intended for annexation to Israel based on the Camp David understandings and the peace proposal of President Bill Clinton. Barak's plan also calls for a wide security zone in the Jordan Valley with all the settlements under Jerusalem's control.