Report: 'Serious failures' in handling Gaza evacuation

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 | 
A report has found that the government was not fully prepared for last summer's Gaza Strip evacuation due to cumbersome bureaucracy; that government authorities did not treat the evacuees appropriately; and that government ministries ignored the needs of the local authorities that took in the evacuees. Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said the government woefully underestimated how much temporary housing would be necessary and for how long. Disengagement Authority head Yonatan Bassi criticized the timing of the report’s release. "It is clear that this report will become a central issue in the upcoming elections. One cannot deny the inconspicuous timing of this report," he said. Bassi said every settler was offered a housing solution, but not everyone wanted the solutions presented.

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