Monday, January 7, 2008

Israel Seeks Ban on Settlement Report Ahead of Bush Visit

"JERUSALEM - The Israeli government is seeking a court ban on the publication of a key report on settlements, a peace group said on Monday, just days before US President George W. Bush begins his landmark visit.In response to a court petition for the state report to be made public, the defence ministry argued it should be kept under wraps “for fear of harming state security and foreign relations,” the Peace Now group said.

State security, as well as protection of foreign relations, are serving as a pretext for the state to try and hide things that are plainly visible,” Yariv Oppenheimer, chief of the anti-settlement group, told AFP......."

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