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Israel Evacuates Last Settlement in Gaza Strip

Monday, 22 August 2005 12:00 AM

Army bulldozers began destroying houses Sunday in settlements already evacuated. Troops say they will leave the territory after several weeks of demolition work.

Israeli forces are to begin removing settlers from the last two small settlements in the northern West Bank later this week. There were clashes Sunday between troops and protesters vowing to resist the evacuation of Sanur and Homesh.

Speaking on Sunday to the troops who have carried out the disengagement, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon acknowledged that the emotional strain of the disengagement has been hard on Israelis, himself included.

This is not the destruction of Zionism, he says, it is not the destruction of the settlements either, adding that Israel must make sure there is a place for settlers in the future.

On Monday the Jerusalem Post newspaper quoted the prime minister as saying there will be building in the settlement blocs, referring to the two largest settlements in the West Bank - Maaleh Adumim, which is just east of Jerusalem and Ariel, which is not far from Tel Aviv.

The Israeli disengagement has renewed hope among Palestinians and some in the international community that peace talks might resume. But Mr. Sharon says that will only happen when Palestinian violence against Israel ends.

In his remarks Sunday, Mr. Sharon said there would be no more unilateral withdrawals but rather a return to the internationally backed road map peace plan, if his conditions are met.

(VOA News)

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