Source Pravda.Ru

Sharon plans to move the Jewish settlers out of Gaza

&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2003/01/13/41963.html ' target=_blank>Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, has said he will put his Gaza settlement withdrawal plan before parliament at the end of the month.

The controversial plan will go before the Knesset on October 25, he told MPs on the opening day of the winter session of parliament.

Mr Sharon's so-called disengagement plan will see the 8,000 &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/diplomatic/2002/07/29/33339.html ' target=_blank>Jewish settlers moving out of Gaza next year as well as Israel's troops, reports News Telegraph.

According to the Reuters, before his speech, Sharon had sought to mollify hard-liners by overruling his army chief's recommendation to scale back a 12-day-old Gaza offensive, ordering troops to keep up pressure on militants behind rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

Despite that, pro-settler opponents of his Gaza plan voiced anger at Sharon with loud interruptions. "We will not forgive, we will not forget," one lawmaker shouted from the benches.

Sharon wants to evacuate all 21 Jewish settlements in the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2001/06/01/6606.html ' target=_blank>Gaza Strip and four of 120 enclaves in the West Bank by the end of next year under a strategy of "disengaging" from conflict with the Palestinians.