Peres queries settlements

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The Independent Online
Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, questioned the wisdom of maintaining certain Israeli settlements in the occupied territories as Palestinian self-rule begins, Reuter reports from Jerusalem. But he said Israel would not be forced into evacuating them.

'What is the point of maintaining a settlement with 28 families that needs workers from Thailand, that needs an army platoon to guard them, need to have their road guarded by patrols? Where is the logic? What is the point?' he asked.

About 120,000 Jewish settlers live among 2 million Palestinians in heavily guarded enclaves in the occupied territories.