Government makes new offer to Gaza settlers

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 | 
The Israeli government is trying to make an offer that the 8,000 settlers slated for evacuation from the Gaza Strip can't refuse. It is promising the settlers that it will build four new towns for them in a coastal area of southern Israel, if they agree to move there. "We promised to guarantee legislation and fast-track planning," Cabinet Minister Tzippe Livni told Israel Radio. The aim is to lure the settlers away and avoid a violent confrontation when the Gaza pullout is implemented this summer. While prime beach property is a temptation, it's not clear if the settlers will take the bait. If they agree to move, the resistance against the Gaza pullout will be over.

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