posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 11:34 AM
That was a historic decision.
Those voting against the plan included
* Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
* Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz
* Health Minister Dan Naveh
* and ministers-without-portfolio Natan Sharansky and Tzahi Hanegbi.
(Education Minister Limor Livnat and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom who originally objected to the disengagement, voted in favor.)
The settlements will be evacuated according to the following order:
Stage 1: Morag, Netzarim and Kfar Darom.
(This are the more isolated of the Gazastrip towns)
Stage 2: The 4 northern West Bank settlements of Ganim, Kadim, Homesh and Sa-Nur.
Stage 3: The settlements in Gush Katif.
(This is the largest, including all 15 communities within the approximately 85-square kilometer [~ 33 square miles] area of Gush Katif.)
Stage 4: The northern Gaza settlements of Elei Sinai, Dugit and Nissanit.
(This are very secular communities of northern Gazastrip)
The cabinet decision states that evacuation can be carried out five months from the time the evacuation orders are issued - which means, some
6,000 IDF-troops and policemen - these "first circle" troops not be armed - could begin Stage 1 on July 21.
Every settlement that is evacuated will be ringed by a "second circle" of some 4,300 troops. The settlements will be evacuated one at a time. A
"third circle" will secure the operation by protecting the area of the settlements and approach roads.
Israel TV Channel 2 reported that ca 6 six weeks would be devoted to withdrawing from Gazastrip and 2 weeks to the evacuation of the Westbank
[edit on 20-2-2005 by Riwka]