Sharon blasts slow preparations for Gaza pullout

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | 
With his withdrawal from the Gaza Strip due to begin in just three months, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon paid a visit to southern Israel to get a first hand look at preparations. He visited a desert area near Gaza where most of the 8,500 settlers are to be moved after the evacuation, and he found a wasteland. No temporary housing, no infrastructure--no nothing. Sharon was furious, and being a tough former general, he began barking orders. “Get to work!” Sharon told planners, “Get to work! We were here a month ago and nothing's been done.” He demanded that 450 mobile homes be set up as a first step. It's a bad situation for Sharon because he's already facing severe criticism from the settlers, who accuse him of throwing them into “refugee camps.”

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