Responses to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon five-minute, pre-taped address to the nation Monday evening were less than enthusiastic. “We anticipated hearing a sound explanation for the disengagement plan for a first time, but it did not occur,” said Member of Knesset (parliament) Uri Ariel (National Union), who lives in Kfar Darom. Sharon, the father of the settlement movement, said that the disengagement plan was painful but necessary. Unlike President Moshe Katsav, Sharon did not offer an apology to the settlers. “The responsibility for the future of Israel rests on my shoulders,” said the Prime Minister. “I initiated the plan because I concluded that this action was vital for Israel.”
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