September 30, 2003
Washington Fires Scud at Israel's Settlement Policy

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official said on Monday that Israel's refusal to stop building settlements in the West Bank threatened its future as a democratic Jewish state.

These comments came in a speech by William Burns, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, at the U.S.-Arab Economic Forum in Detroit.

"As Israeli settlements expand and their populations increase, it becomes increasingly difficult to see how the two peoples will be separated into two states," Burns said.

"The fact is that settlements continue to grow today, encouraged by specific government policies and at enormous expense to Israel's economy, and this persists even as it becomes clear that the logic of settlements and the reality of demographics could threaten the future of Israel as a Jewish democracy."

Burns added that Israel's settlement policy ran counter to the goal, supported by U.S. President George W. Bush, of creating a contiguous Palestinian state alongside Israel, with the two eventually living side by side in peace.

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