It appears that most of the 8,000 Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip are giving up the fight for their homes, now that the Israeli pullout this summer seems inevitable. A compromise is in the works, after Gaza settlement leaders met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Under the deal, most of the settlers would move together to a nearby beach community inside Israel, and they would get more compensation money. As Matthew Gutman put it in the “Jerusalem Post”: “By supporting the move to Nitzanim, a stretch of pristine dunes between the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, the settlers sounded a surrender.”
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