Israel Says Yes To Gaza Pullout

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    Israeli Lawmakers OK Gaza Withdrawal Plan
    Sharon proposal passes easily despite fervent debate. It still requires Cabinet approval, and the government faces a budget test in March.




    Israeli Lawmakers OK Gaza Withdrawal Plan











    By Laura King, Times Staff Writer


    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's initiative to uproot the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip won final parliamentary approval Wednesday night after two days of acrimonious debate.

    The measure, which authorized nearly $1 billion in compensation for the roughly 8,000 settlers to be evacuated, passed easily in a 59-40 vote despite furious protests from right-wing lawmakers who were once the prime minister's closest allies.







    The plan still needs a final endorsement by Sharon's divided Cabinet, a showdown vote that is scheduled to take place Sunday. Several key members, including Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are said to be considering voting against the measure.

    Opponents of the Gaza withdrawal, which is scheduled to begin in midsummer, could still derail the plan if they manage to muster enough votes in the parliament, or Knesset, next month to defeat Sharon's annual budget. That would effectively topple his government because, under Israeli law, failure to pass the spending plan by March 31 automatically triggers new elections.

    Over the course of a marathon session that began Tuesday morning, lawmakers sifted through dozens of proposed amendments to the measure, including a bid to delay the pullout to allow for a nationwide referendum.

    Sharon firmly opposed a referendum, maintaining that the approval of the Knesset and the Cabinet would sufficiently reflect the will of the people.

    Wednesday's measure required the approval of only a majority of those voting. Many lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset abstained or were absent.

    Since Sharon unveiled the plan last year, polls have consistently indicated that a solid majority of Israelis want to relinquish Gaza, a densely populated, impoverished enclave that has long been a hotbed of activity by Palestinian militant groups.

    But settlers and their supporters have waged an increasingly strident campaign to block the withdrawal, including raucous street protests and even explicit threats aimed at Sharon and senior military and government officials involved in planning the evacuation. Some right-wing extremists have likened Sharon and his deputies to Nazis.

    Deputy Premier Shimon Peres, one of Israel's leading doves, delivered an impassioned appeal before the Knesset vote, saying that no durable peace with the Palestinians would be possible as long as Israeli settlers remained in Gaza.

    Halting the momentum toward a pullout now, he argued, would destroy the climate of reconciliation that has taken hold since the death in November of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the election in January of Mahmoud Abbas as his successor.

    "Let us get one thing clear: Gaza will never, ever be part of a Jewish state," Peres said. "What do you suggest we do with the 1.5 million Palestinians there? Never let them vote?… What will you offer them — an eternity of oppression and discrimination?"

    Supporters of the settlers argued, with equal passion, that the prime minister lacked the authority to uproot Gaza's 21 heavily guarded Jewish settlements, which many of the residents believe are theirs by biblical mandate.

    "The beliefs upon which I was raised, and in whose name I was elected to the Knesset, collapsed today," said Reuven Rivlin, a member of a faction in Sharon's conservative Likud Party that opposed the move.

    "Today's decision serves as a dramatic turning point in the Zionist positions" of the party, he said.

    Seeking to quell opposition to the plan, Sharon's government increased by about one-third the compensation package offered to settlers in Gaza and at four small settlements in the northern West Bank that also will be evacuated, to about $880 million. That works out to between $200,000 and $500,000 per settler family.

    Many Palestinians fear, however, that Sharon will use the pullout as a pretext for permanently annexing large Jewish settlement blocks in the West Bank. The prime minister has said that the Gaza withdrawal will strengthen Israel's claim to those areas, which the Palestinians want for their future state.

    Abbas is seeking to build internal support in advance of what may be unpopular concessions to Israel. The Palestinian leadership Wednesday approved a new Cabinet that is expected to put Abbas allies in several key posts.

    Palestinian sources and news reports said the lineup would include Gen. Nasser Yousef as minister for internal security. The appointment is seen as an important step toward bringing the fractious Palestinian security forces under unified command.

    Arafat's nephew, Nasser Kidwa, is expected to be named foreign minister. He served previously as the Palestinians' envoy to the United Nations.

    The new Cabinet is to be presented to Palestinian lawmakers next week.

    One unexpected wrinkle in the events surrounding the Gaza withdrawal emerged Wednesday when Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz cut short the tenure of the army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon. That means a new commander will take over this summer, just days before the pullout is to begin.


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    Is this a smart move?
     
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    Good Good!!!
     
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    Israel, like the US is in the uncomfortable position of having to attempt all means of peace, even when it seems obvious that they may be leaving themselves open to some attack. The important thing is that definate, verifiable criteria are put down that the Palestinians need to follow. If they do, in good faith, then I agree that this would be a good thing. Problem is, I would be surprised if it lasts 1 month.
     
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    That is so true, a country like Israel that just wants to live in peace on their 4 by 4 plot of land seems to be making all the concessions. I think a month is being generous.
     
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    1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (NKJV)
     
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    Do you listen to Isreal National Radio? They think Sharon is going to be the last Prime Minister before the main event.
     
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    If you look at revelations it seems the end does start with Israel. Not a big surprise given the long tumultuos history there.
     
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    I know, and it's also one thing they say A LOT on that station.
     
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    2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
    3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
    9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
    10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
    19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
    20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
    21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

    Jerusalem Post: The peacemongers are back
    If the peace agreements being put forth in Israel occur, a map of Israel, a land that is made up of Jews that come from all over the world after having been scattered by the Romans. An Israel that will be parted by the Gentiles..... might look like this - as prophecized in the Bible over 1,500 years ago before an Israel even existed.

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    It all starts with Israel being divided. Then Damascus is destroyed, then Russia and Iran attack Israel. It is all written but so many ignore it every day as it happens right before their very eyes.

    They claim that people read the Bible and then make events "fit" what is happening today. What they don't get is; does it really matter?" No matter "how" it fits, it fits and either way, it keeps "fitting" and fits more and more everyday.
     

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