Disengagement Leading Country Along Collision Course

Prime Minister Sharon continues to show confidence that he will be able to implement his disengagement/uprooting plan, despite the plans of opponents to "stop the country."

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Speaking in the northern town of Carmiel last night, he said, "Contrary to rumors, the disengagement will be implemented."

Pro-Land of Israel organizations are preparing for what they call D-Day - the day on which Gush Katif is declared closed to all non-residents. "In keeping with Sharon's declaration of a few years ago that Netzarim will be like Tel Aviv," they say, "we will ensure that if Netzarim is closed off, Tel Aviv will be as well." They have plans for thousands of people to make their way southward to Gush Katif on that day, blocking off roads wherever possible.

"From experience, we know that it takes only five people to block a road," the organizers write in a pamphlet being distributed this week. "They arrested 500 of us a few weeks ago, and it caused a major disruption in the courts and jails. Let's say they can even arrest 1,000, or 3,000. But what will they do with 10,000 road-blockers?"

"What will happen at that point? We don't know - the country has never faced such a crisis of these proportions before. But we can hope that the police commanders will simply say, 'We simply can't handle this' - and the country will thus be saved from the catastrophe of losing Gush Katif and the Shomron, which would lead to even greater catastrophes in the future."

In addition, soldiers in both the reserves and the standing army continue to call the HaLev HaYehudi (The Jewish Heart) organization to ask for information on how to go about refusing disengagement orders or not showing up for reserve duty this summer. A gathering will be held this coming Tuesday evening for all those who plan not to show up for reserve duty. The event will be held at the Binyanei HaUmah Convention Center in Jerusalem. Participating will be public figures and army officers, many of whom will announce publicly for the first time that in order not to help the disengagement even indirectly, they will not respond to their call-up orders this summer.

A list of web sites (in Hebrew; some also have English) of organizations dedicated to the struggle against the uprooting can be found on the
National Home organization page.

Two veteran Israeli journalists revealed this week, based on talks with persons "very close" to the Prime Minister, that the Disengagement Plan was hatched up simply to avoid Sharon's indictment in the Greek Island scandal.

MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), who was the first to publicly note the connection between the police investigations against Sharon and the uprooting plan, said yesterday that these revelations are "the beginning of the end" of the expulsion plan. Hendel said that Sharon no longer has authority over the police force and the army because "he deceived everyone - the government and the Knesset.”

The media have buried these revelations, which "do not appear in the daily papers or radio broadcasts," Hendel said, but “we will not allow it to be silenced in the Knesset."

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) has asked Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz to investigate the allegations. "These shocking revelations prove that the Prime Minister is corrupt to the core, and that he is willing to save his own skin at the expense of Israel's citizens," he said.

Public support for the disengagement has been dropping of late, reaching a low of 50% two weeks ago. A poll released today, however, shows that support has risen slightly. A Teleseker survey commissioned by Maariv shows that 55% now support the plan - some 10% less than supported it in its heyday. The results do not take into account the revelations by journalists Drucker and Shelach on Wednesday night indicating that the plan is rooted in Sharon's fear of being indicted.

A poll published in the Makor Rishon weekly today, in fact, shows that even before Drucker and Shelach appeared on national television this week to promote their book, a full 20% of the public agreed that Sharon "promoted the disengagement in order to get away from the corruption scandal."