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Gush to Establish New Settlements

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The Gush Emunim announced today that it will establish two new settlements on the West Bank in the next three days at sites agreed to by the government. They will be at military camps at Givon and Beit Horon north of Jerusalem. Each will consist of 25 families. A Gush spokesman said he did not foresee any changes in the government’s settlement policy as a result of President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel and forthcoming Cairo talk. He said the Gush would soon initiate further talks with the government over new settlements in the occupied territories.

Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon said on a radio interview today that there would be more settlements this year than in the past. But he said the emphasis would be on Galilee where the Jewish population has been declining.

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