President Bush this week announced his support for a proposal by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The plan is called a disengagement. Details published Friday said Israel would remove troops and all settlements from the Gaza Strip by the end of next year. About seven-thousand settlers live there.
Israel would also remove four settlements in the West Bank. But six large settlements would remain. The ruling Likud party of Mister Sharon is expected to vote on the proposal on May second.
Mister Sharon visited the White House on Wednesday. President Bush praised what he called “historic and courageous actions.” Mister Bush said Friday that the plan gives the Palestinians, in his words, “a chance to create a reformed, just and free government.”