Is settler resistance to the Gaza pullout waning?

Wednesday, March 02, 2005 | 
Yonatan Bassi, the top Israeli official overseeing the government’s plan to evacuate more than 9,000 settlers this summer, says most will leave voluntarily. The plan calls for 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip to be dismantled, along with four more in Judea and Samaria. Bassi told the Knesset (parliament) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that only 300 out of the 1,700 families would resist evacuation. But right-wing opponents say it’s a lie. “It’s psychological warfare,” said Ariel Eldad of the National Union party. “He's giving wrong numbers about families and settlers who already signed an agreement” to leave,” Eldad said. Settlement leaders have vowed to resist to the bitter end, but it appears that there are cracks in the armor.

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