The Cabinet has set up a ministerial committee to deal with the housing crisis facing Jewish settlers who will be expelled from the Gaza Strip this summer. While Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rammed his Gaza withdrawal plan through the Cabinet and Knesset (parliament), he failed to make proper arrangements about where to put the settlers. “The government must prepare alternatives for the settlers…so they won’t be hurt in the day after [the pullout],” said Cabinet Minister Yisrael Katz. “The settlers are not enemies as some people have tried to depict them.” To deal with the housing problem, the government plans to spend millions of dollars putting the settlers in transit camps in the desert, where they would live in crowded trailer homes for up to 18 months. The settlers call them “refugee camps” and “prison camps.”
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