Abbas said the settlement blocs must go. "We should not be discouraged when we see huge settlements like Ma’ale Adumim and Ariel and think that these settlements won't be removed," he said. "A settlement in Sinai was removed in Egypt after Camp David, and it is possible now." Abbas was referring to the settlement of Yamit that was dismantled in 1982 as part of the peace agreement with Egypt. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said that Ma’ale Adumim and Ariel will remain a part of Israel in any final peace agreement with the Palestinians.