Settlers moved from Gaza Strip
August 18th 2005
were forcibly removed from Kfar Darom Thursday, a town in Central
Gaza. Kfar Darom is one of 21 settlements to be evacuated by
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharonís Road Map to peace plan of
withdraw. Israeli riot police fought with settlers that barricaded
themselves in a
synagogue. The town has been a flash point for uprisings.
praised the Israeli pullout characterizing it as a bold move that
will strengthen ties between Israel and the United States.
According to Reuters the administration sympathized with the Israeli
settlers, and according to administration spokesperson Dana Perino,
Minister Ariel Sharon was "very courageous" to carry out the
"We agree that the
disengagement will make Israel stronger," Perino told reporters. "We
agree with Prime Minister Sharon on that and the president has also
said that this will bring our two countries closer together."
Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice called the withdrawal a "dramatic moment" telling
reporters that soon after it is complete, Israel must take further
steps, including loosening travel restrictions in the West Bank and
withdrawing from more Palestinian cities. According to AP, many
Palestinians fear Sharon will try to strengthen Israel's hold on the
West Bank, where some 220,000 settlers live among 2.5 million
The plan is to
remove Jewish settlers from 4 West Bank enclaves in the near future.
Israel has occupied the Gaza for 38 years where some 8500 settlers
lived along with 1.3 million Palestinians. Sharon proposed these
withdraws two years ago to help ease Israelís security burden.
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