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Daily Israel Report

Stormy Likud Meeting

The Likud Knesset faction convened today for a stormy session on the Cabinet's decision of yesterday, with MKs Yechiel Chazan and Ayoub Kara demanding that the Knesset faction vote on the Road Map. They said that Prime Minister Sharon "pulled a fast one."
First Publish: 5/26/2003, 7:49 PM

The Likud Knesset faction convened today for a stormy session on the Cabinet's decision of yesterday, with MKs Yechiel Chazan and Ayoub Kara demanding that the Knesset faction vote on the Road Map. They said that Prime Minister Sharon "pulled a fast one" by arranging a quick vote in the Cabinet within 2-3 days without prior discussion.

Assorted quotes from the meeting, which was open to the media:

MK David Levy: "The government reached a decision on the establishment of a Palestinian state. At this price, the left could have brought peace a long time ago... Ministers attack the Road Map very strongly, but when it comes to the vote, they find an alibi… Mr. Prime Minister, I believe you that you are in favor of compromise - but here, for G-d's sake, you have given up on everything." Levy had strong words for those who abstained, such as his long-time rival, Binyamin Netanyahu.

MK Gila Gamliel: "We would not have received 40 Knesset seats in the election if we had presented this plan to the electorate." Turning to Netanyahu, she said she was "very disappointed" in his abstention.

MK Ehud Yatom complained that the decision-makers did not consult at all with the Knesset Members before the Cabinet vote.

MK Yechiel Chazan, head of the Yesha lobby: "This is a calamity for Israel. It's true that we count on Arafat to ensure that it won't work, but will I and my children have to continue to bleed? I want to know if I have to leave my home [in Ariel]."

Sharon answered that he does not "count on the Palestinians, but rather only on ourselves… You, and your children, and your grandchildren, and their children will be able to remain here."

Other quotes from Sharon, which were broadcast live on public radio: "It has been said that we caved in to terrorism. [Arutz-7's Shlomo Blass reported from the Knesset that Shimon Peres, asked today if the PA had gained anything from its 2.5 years of terrorism, answered in the affirmative.] Whoever says that means that he feels defeated. Israel has not been defeated. We have fought, and we continue to fight day and night against terror..."

Sharon said that the Road Map need not be brought for a Knesset vote, because "it's not an agreement, but rather just the framework of an agreement. Dozens if not hundreds of agreements will still be required until the Road Map is fully implemented… If terror does not stop, absolutely nothing will happen… There will be no limits on natural growth in the Yesha communities… Maybe you don't like the word 'conquest,' but that's what it is - and to have 3.5 million Palestinians under our conquest is bad for us, and not only economically." MKs Ehud Yatom, Gila Gamliel and Gilad Erdan frequently interrupted Sharon. MKs Michael Eitan, Ze'ev Boim and Eli Aflalo expressed support for Sharon.

The two former Yisrael B'Aliyah MKs were split between them: Marina Solodkin in favor, and Yuli Edelstein against the Road Map.