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Israeli leaders meet on possible change of separation fence route

PLA Daily 2004-01-19

JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened his inner cabinet Sunday to discuss an advice to change parts of the route of a separation fence in the West Bank, Israel Army Radio reported.

The advice, proposed by Israeli acting Attorney General Edna Arbel, calls for changing some parts of the route of the separation fence which cut deep into the West Bank.

Arbel told Sharon on Wednesday that it would be difficult for the State Attorney's Office to defend the planned barrier route before Israel's High Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The State Prosecutor's Office is currently preparing a written opinion on the matter, according to the report.

Earlier Sunday, Sharon criticized some ministers for speaking about Israel's policy regarding the construction and the planned route of the security fence.

"People see a microphone and immediately begin speaking. This makes the job more difficult and causes immense damage and puts us into unnecessary struggles," Sharon said at a weekly cabinet meeting.

Sharon did not name the ministers he was referring to, but it was believed that he was mainly referring to Justice Minister and Shinui chairman Yosef Lapid, who has formulated an alternative route for the barrier.



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