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Kadima Does Not Rule Out Unilateral Expulsions

The Kadima party's platform proposes a new Arab state in Israel, does not include any statement against further unilateral expulsions and leaves open to question Israel's future boundaries.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/26/2005, 12:39 PM / Last Update: 12/26/2005, 12:45 PM

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon previously vowed that there will no further unilateral withdrawals similar to that of Jewish residents from northern Samaria and the Gaza region last summer, which was done without any concessions by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The platform of the new party recently formed by the Prime Minister favors a new Arab state in order "to end the struggle with two countries of people on the basis of demographic realities." Portions of the platform were obtained by the Hebrew daily Ma'ariv.

"It is not accidental that [the platform] does not specifically oppose unilateral moves," according to Kadima sources quoted by Ma'ariv. "The platform is relevant also if Sharon decides to follow up with unilateral moves after the elections."

It calls for retaining all of Jerusalem and "places which have a national and historical importance [as well as the] large population centers" of Ariel, Ma'aleh Adumim and parts of Gush Etzion.

The clause leaves most of the entire country a question mark. Excluding the Haifa metropolitan area, a large majority of the Galilee is made up of Arabs. Similarly, most of the Negev outside of Be'er Sheva is populated by Bedouin tribes.

In the center of the country, the "triangle" area between Netanya and Kfar Saba is virtually totally Arab as is the Jordan Valley.

The platform assumes that dividing up Israel will bring peace to Israel although it does not state what guarantees for peace it will seek from Arab factions. It does not relate to incitement or PA declarations to Arabs that all of Israel is "Palestine," nor does it relate to PA rejections of any new Arab state that does not include Jerusalem.