Gaza settlers giving up the fight

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | 
There are signs that Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip are giving up the fight against the government's plan to evacuate them this summer. Israel’s biggest newspaper “Yediot Ahronot” reported that at least 1,000 families from the Gush Katif settlement bloc have signed a pledge to move as a group to Israel after the pullout which is due to begin in mid-August. That’s more than half of the 8,500 settlers in Gaza. "We seek unity, not division," Yediot quoted the settlers as saying. "If, God forbid, the uprooting goes ahead, we would like the bloc to move together." The government has offered to move the settlers to Nitzanim, an unspoiled area of sand dunes north of Gaza on the Mediterranean coast. The decision to move to Israel signals the virtual collapse of settler resistance.

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