The Defense Ministry is drafting plans to evacuate the 24 illegal outposts, which Israel promised the US would remove as part of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s “Convergence Plan.” However, the evacuation plan has yet to be completed or formally approved and a date has not been set for the removal of these illegal outposts. One government source said that Olmert “is trying to reach consensus without friction.” While members of the settlers’ council Yesha are scheduled to meet with the prime minister, the Benjamin Regional Council head, Pinchas Wallerstein said that settler leaders have no interest in reaching a compromise on the outposts. “Evacuating an outpost is the same thing as evacuating a settlement,” he said.
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