Israel, PA agree to coordinate Gaza Strip pullout as Israel's Supreme Court rules withdrawal "constitutional"
Israel's Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Gaza Strip withdrawal plan is constitutional, removing the last legal obstacle to this summer's pullout.
The 11-judge panel rejected 12 petitions by opponents to the withdrawal, ruling "the pullout does not violate the settlers' human rights."
Ten of the judges upheld four technical matters, but stressed the withdrawal is constitutional.
Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met Wednesday night with Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Nasser Yousef to discuss the coordination of the so called "disengagement plan."
According to Haaretz, the two decided during the meeting that Israel will hand the PA the timetable of the implementing the pullout from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank. "The two ministers agreed to coordinate the security side of the withdrawal at the ministerial level and on the level of security planning," said Tawfiq Abu-Khoussa, a spokesman for Youssef, adding teams from both sides would meet next week.
"They plan to tackle every detail of the withdrawal plan," said Abu-Khoussa.
An Israeli Defense Ministry official said there would be "coordination in the field" to enable the Palestinians to deploy security forces "to make sure that militants don't take over" areas vacated by Israel.
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