Some officials say the government is buying time

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 | 
Some Israeli officials believe the real reason for the possible Gaza withdrawal delay is that the government isn’t prepared. "We see that the people who were supposed to get things ready, didn't—not in terms of housing, not in terms of employment, and certainly not in terms of agriculture, which employs one-third of the settlers there," said Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz, an opponent of the withdrawal. But ministers of the dovish Labor party are opposed to a delay, charging that it casts doubt on the government’s resolve to implement the pullout. "Any delay would broadcast weakness," said Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz. "Any delay would broadcast vacillation."

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