U.S. Says Sharon’s Plan Could Be Historic

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for unilateral separation from the Palestinians has the „potential to be historic,” National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack said in the White House Wednesday.
Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, the National Security Council’s senior adviser on Middle East affairs Elliott Abrams, and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns will visit Israel next week to continue discussions on the plan, which includes a withdrawal of settlers from the Gaza Strip by the end of the year.

National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday that talks Monday between senior US officials, including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell, and a team led by Sharon’s bureau chief Dov Weisglass „were very helpful.” „And we will continue them in the coming weeks. The prime minister’s ideas are promising and the discussions are very useful to examine the details and the many ramifications,” McCormack said. „The prime minister’s proposals have the potential to be historic.”