Jewish Settlers do not Object to Live under Palestinian Rule

Published July 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jewish residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip will remain in their communities, even if this means living under Palestinian rule, settler leaders announced during a meeting Sunday, reported The Jerusalem Post. 

At the meeting, settler leaders and members of the communities unanimously voted "to remain in our settlements in Judea, Samaria and Gaza in any event and under any circumstances."  

Their declaration came hours after Foreign Minister David Levy met with settlers waging a hunger strike at a protest tent in front of the prime minister's office.  

"I understand and feel your pain; the pain is not only yours. Many people are concerned. It has nothing to do with politics but is a real pain felt by people concerned for the future of their families, their homes and their nation," Levy said, calling on the settlers to end their hunger strike, the paper added.  

Relating to the Camp David talks, Levy told the settlers the situation is unclear.  

"On the eve of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's departure, there wasn't even a hint concerning Jerusalem or its division, the loss of sovereignty of any parts of it. Jerusalem is the united sovereign capital of Israel."  

"There was never a mention of uprooting settlements. Our quest for peace should not be doubted," said Levy -  


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