Police Dismisses Officers Recruited for Disengagement Duty

Young people who were recruited into the Border Guards ahead of the implementation of the Gaza-Samaria Disengagement Plan are finding themselves "disengaged" from their new jobs.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, | updated: 19:01

The officers in question, who have received letters of termination in recent days, say they were promised at the time of their recruitment that their employment was to be long-term, not just for the period of the Disengagement. Nevertheless, 280 of the new Border Guard officers received the letters of termination, according to the Yediot Acharonot newspaper. The reason for their termination is given as severe financial constraints in the police department, under whose auspices the Border Guards fall.

Members of the force who received the termination notices describe feelings of uncertainty that they have had for months, despite repeated promises that they were an integral part of the police force. The fired Border Guard officers say that they are being treated like slaves who have outlived their usefulness.

A massive recruitment drive preceded the Disengagement and was needed in order to carry it out. Spokesmen for the Border Guards say that the pre-Disengagement recruitment was a short-term one, with "an option for an extension," something that could not possibly have been promised to any recruit at the time.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was personally involved in trying to preserve the jobs of the Border Guard recruits. Mr. Sharon requested of the Ministry for Public Security that a solution be found that would preserve the employment of the officers, but such a solution was apparently not found.