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May 30, 2012 8:45 am

Israeli Defense Minister Sparks Speculation of West Bank Withdrawal Plans

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Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Photo: Huffington Post.

ABC News/AP – Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly proposed on Wednesday that Israel consider “unilateral action” if long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians don’t resume and produce a deal — suggesting Israel may be thinking of withdrawing from part of the West Bank, as it did from the Gaza Strip seven years ago.

Echoing sentiments voiced Tuesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Barak warned that time was running out to reach an accord.

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