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Source: United States of America
7 June 2004

U.S. Commends Israeli Cabinet For Approving Gaza Plan

Plan to leave Gaza "courageous and historic step" says White House

Following is the text of the June 6 White House statement welcoming the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan by the government of Israel:

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Office of the Press Secretary

(Sea Island, Georgia)

June 6, 2004


Israeli Cabinet Decision Approving the Prime Minister's Disengagement Plan

We welcome the Government of Israel's decision to approve Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan. As we have said, we view the Prime Minister's plan to withdraw all settlements in Gaza and certain settlements in the West Bank as a courageous and historic step. We urge that practical preparatory work to implement the plan now proceed as rapidly as possible in Israel. We also urge that the international community, working through the Quartet and with the governments of Egypt and Jordan, engage in rapid and continuing consultations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to help prepare for these withdrawals and make them a successful step toward peace.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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