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WAR: Sharon Moves Up Gaza Withdrawl Date

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posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 03:13 PM
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has indicated that he will approval from his cabinet to accelerate the Gaza withdrawal plan. The removal of settlement would occur in February some 4 months earlier than scheduled. This way he indicated the settlers would have 6 months to prepare for their removal. He also indicated that the evacuation would be under heavy security and the Israeli response would be severe if they came under fire.

 



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JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he will seek final Cabinet approval for a Gaza withdrawal in February, four months earlier than planned, and he threatened harsh retaliation if Palestinian militants try to disrupt the pullback.

The warning came as Israel released 159 prisoners in a gesture to Egypt and the new Palestinian leadership.

Sharon told lawmakers on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee he is pushing forward the Cabinet vote at the request of Israel's attorney general, according to meeting participants. The idea, he said, is to give settlers six months to prepare for their evacuation.






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I think Sharon is wary of his loose coalition. If Labour defects his plan is in all likelihood dead. He simply would not have enough support to survive a no confidence vote and his government would dissolve. Despite the hard core protests, this is a good plan for Israel. It consolidates its grip on the West bank and moves its entrenched settlers into a more easily protected line.


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posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 03:59 PM
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Originally posted by FredT
He also indicated that the evacuation would be under heavy security and the Israeli response would be severe if they came under fire.

Hadn't even considered it. Not all that unlikely is it, that the palestinians will attack the evacuating settlers.


Despite the hard core protests, this is a good plan for Israel. It consolidates its grip on the West bank and moves its entrenched settlers into a more easily protected line.

More than that, it removes, literally, a major problem in the region. There is the occupation issue, and that is seperate from the issue of having settlers live and reproduce and grow there. Sharon really hasn't been given enough credit for this move, infact in some circles he's outright criticised. Of course, the troops still stay, but in doing this sharon can say that israel is here to stay and that their only involvment in the palestinian territories are military policing and occupation due to the old palestinian war and terror attacks. Presumably, with the security wall, the palestinians won't even be able to have very many sucessful attacks inside of israel, but the israelis will be able to justify occupying the territory and sending out punitive raids everytime the security wall is attacked.



posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 04:09 PM
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Originally posted by Nygdan
Sharon really hasn't been given enough credit for this move, infact in some circles he's outright criticised.


Thats the point I have been making as well this is a good deal for Isreal if the radical extremeist pro settler groups would stop spewing rhetoric and really look at it. They maintain near total West bank Controll, the can keep building the wall, they can take more offensive military action without worry as these exposed settlements will no longer require aditional protection. If anything the Palestinians should be crying foul over this, but they seem happy as well. I wonmder if they believe that Isreal will pull back even more at a later date? i doubt this highly.



posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 05:08 PM
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Again: Disengagement has nothing in common with a WAR


Originally posted by FredT

I think Sharon is wary of his loose coalition. If Labour defects his plan is in all likelihood dead.



Sharon does not have to worry labor would vote against him: Labor joined the coalition just because of the disengagement


Paragraph 2 of the agreement states of the Labor-Likud Coalition Agreement 22/12/2004:

The Government will fulfill decision No. 1996 relating to the
disengagement from the Gaza Strip and communities in northern Samaria as was approved by the Government on 6 June 2004

Paragraph 6 of the agreement states of the Labor-Likud Coalition Agreement 22/12/2004:

Government decisions on disengagement will be carried out as follows:

6.1 Soon after the completion of the legislation of the
evacuation-compensation legislation and military-security preparations, and
no later than 1 March 2005, the Government will discuss and vote on the
implementation of the various stags of the disengagement. There is nothing
preventing that the pace of the implementation of the various stages of the
implementation of the disengagement plan will take into account the
circumstances that will be at that same time.


The cabinet will vote as early as next month to authorize the start of the pullout from the Gaza. According to PM Sharon, the evacuation will begin in either late June or early July 2005.




"The prime minister made it crystal clear the attorney general [told him] he had to give settlers at least six months' notice before evacuating them," said the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chair MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) after the meeting. "Therefore, instead of asking the government to make a final decision in April or May, he will ask the government to make a final decision in January or February."



27/12/2004 PM: Cabinet to vote on start date for pullout next month

[edit on 27-12-2004 by Riwka]



posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by Nygdan
Hadn't even considered it. Not all that unlikely is it, that the palestinians will attack the evacuating settlers.


It's possible the Jewish settlers themselves may attack the Israeli soldiers.
Perhaps that is who he was referring to when he spoke of the severe response if they come under fire.


Washington times: Israeli settlers seek resistance to eviction
Porat referred to fears that extremists could turn a civil disobedience struggle into a violent fight. Soldiers and squatters have clashed in earlier evictions, some people were wounded, and soldiers in one eviction near Tapuah in the West Bank heard gunshots.

Kalo told UPI he was sure the settlers' leaders would not opt for violence but he was worried about the fringe groups in the occupied territories "that are uncontrollable."

"You don't need many people to create a provocation," he noted.



posted on Dec, 28 2004 @ 05:24 AM
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Originally posted by AceOfBase

It's possible the Jewish settlers themselves may attack the Israeli soldiers.


Unliekly.

Pinchas Wallerstein's (Mayor, Benyamin Regional Council, Former chairman of
the Yesha Councill) call for civil disobedience is a call in a to object in a non-violent manner




Only if there will be a large population already today that is committed to
be in Gush Katif and northern Samaria (if and when there is forced
evacuation) and bodily resist transfer, only then is there a chance that
this government will understand the gravity of its steps. I'm not scared of
going to prison, and I hope that many people will understand, like me, that
this is the price we must pay in order to object in a non-violent manner to this unethical crime.



posted on Dec, 28 2004 @ 01:33 PM
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[edit on 28-12-2004 by Riwka]



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