Photo: Home in Gush Katif 9 Aug. Defense Ministry Director Amos Yaron indicated that 2 842 Gush Katif and northern Samaria homes will be destroyed. 287 public buildings, it seems will be left as they are. (Guysen.Israël.News). Previous reports confirmed that 38 synagogues will be blown up.

Israel’s historic ‘unilateral’ retreat from Gaza and northern Samaria is slated to begin August 17  After ‘Disengagement’ there will not be a Jew left in the 380 square kilometres of the Gaza Strip and a 770 section of the northern West Bank of Israel.

The plan dubbed “Brothers United”(!) is claimed by senior Israeli Defense Force (IDF) officers to be the most massive endeavour undertaken by the defence establishment in a generation.

Israel captured the Gaza Strip in the first two days of the 1967 Miracle Six Day War with a brigade of tanks and a brigade of paratroopers. For the evacuation from Gaza,  it has planned for more than 25,000 soldiers in three reinforced divisions.

The Defence Ministry is contracting thousands of civilian trucks and heavy equipment. The IDF will reoccupy swaths of Palestinian cities and towns as a pre-emptive move to smother attempts to fire on the operation and will turn the area around the Gaza Strip into a huge army base.

Some NIS 1.5 billion has been earmarked for the disengagement.

The Disengagement area of Gush Katif in Gaza will be declared a closed military zone, to stop ordinary Israeli civilians from entering the area to oppose the forcible removal of Jews from their homes, businesses, farms, synagogues, schools and graveyards. The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will seal it on land and the Navy will blockade it from the sea so that no unauthorized person can enter.  Rroadblocks will be erected about 40 days prior to the beginning of the evacuation.
According to a government decision, it will be considered illegal for any Israeli citizen to remain in the Gaza Strip

According to the original plan, policemen will undertake the actual physical evacuation, with the army providing protection. But since the police have a shortage of female officers, the army will supply female soldiers.

How will it happen?

The Ministry of Defence has contracted to bring in scores of cranes and hundreds of tractor-trailers and heavy bulldozers. Under the plan, each settler family will get two shipping containers for their belongings. If the diehards refuse to pack, civilian
contractors will do so after the residents are evacuated. These containers will then be transported to large holding pens to be set up.

In 1982, it took some 2,000 truckloads to transport possessions of the residents of Yamit. Now, many thousands are expected to haul out the dismantled equipment and possessions from Gaza.

Under the four-week evacuation plan, the IDF is planning for a continuous evacuation of three or four settlements at a time, depending on the opposition encountered.

One option is to go after the heart first, the most symbolic and potentially difficult block, with the expectation that when it falls, the rest will crumble. Others argue for evacuating the less confrontational settlements first, as this will, at least initially, project an image of success.

The main impact of cutting the time of the pullout plan is that there is now a need for a larger battle order, as more settlements will have to be evacuated simultaneously. This would require the IDF to use soldiers to directly evacuate the settlers, something it has been trying to avoid, since such a divisive issue could spark actual refusal by troops.

Source:  THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 31, 2005