http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/16/1326221 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a televised address last night. It is unclear exactly how much the disengagement plan is costing the Israeli government. But last month it was reported Israel is seeking an additional $2 billion dollars or more in aid from the United States to help pay for the plan - which would in effect double the amount of aid Israel already receives from the U.S. The costs of the withdrawal include operations carried out by security forces as well as moving and compensating the settlers. A majority of the settlers have accepted a compensation package from the government in return for leaving Gaza. An average family can expect to receive the equivalent of $150,000 to $400,000 in compensation, depending on house size, the number of children and length of residence in the occupied territories. On top of that, there are removal expenses, two years" free rent and redundancy compensation. Many of the settlers are already beneficiaries of government subsidies for settling the land. Sorry--I can't summon up much sympathy for people who got land and homes for free and now get paid $400,000 to relocate especially when it's coming from US taxpayer money. It was no secret that the area they were moving into was dangerous to say the least.