Gaza violence could delay pullout

Friday, May 20, 2005 |    

Israeli officials say if Gaza violence escalates it could delay this summer’s planned pullout from the area. "If there is a situation where the Palestinians will use terror against Israel during the evacuation period, then I don't see us carrying out the evacuation," Deputy Defense Minister Ze’ev Boim told Israel Radio. "First we will have to deal with the terror, and only then carry out [the withdrawal].” It was a surprising statement, considering that other officials have indicated that the August 15th target date is etched in stone. But Israel says it will not pull out under fire. To do that would enforce the obvious, that Israel retreated in the face of Palestinian terror.

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