Cabinet takes another step toward implementing the Gaza pullout

Monday, June 27, 2005 | 
With less than two months to go until the Gaza pullout, the Cabinet has approved a controversial plan allowing evacuated settlers to move together as a group to a new coastal community. The aim is to dampen resistance to the evacuation. Israeli media say up to 1,000 families, more than half those slated for removal from Gaza, have signed up to move to Nitzanim. But environmentalists are furious. They say the government is ruining the last unspoiled beach property in Israel. But Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was resolute. "Extraordinary situations require extraordinary solutions," Sharon told the Cabinet. "This is a special and difficult case, and if it is at all possible to make things easier for the settlers, we should do so.

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