Gaza pullout splits settlement movement

Friday, February 04, 2005 | 
A Gaza settlement leader has thrown the Settlement Council into disarray because of a secret plan to move Jewish residents of Gaza to beach property inside Israel. It's a contingency plan, should the government pull the army out of Gaza and dismantle 21 settlements there as it intends to do this summer. The plan, drawn up by Zvi Hendel, the only Israeli parliamentarian living in Gaza, is supported by the practical wing of the settlement movement, which wants to prepare for the day after. But hardliners are furious; they say any talk of leaving Gaza is surrender.

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