Yesterday’s Cabinet decision to pull out of the Gaza Strip has set the timetable in motion for the expulsion of 9,000 Jewish settlers. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz signed evacuation orders that will clear the way for dismantling 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza and four more in Samaria. The evacuation is expected to begin around July 24th and will take from seven to nine weeks. A week or two before it starts, the army will seal off the area to prevent settlers from Judea and Samaria from arriving for mass protests. Gaza settlers who refuse to leave, will be removed by force.
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