Israeli Army Chief: Nothing will stop Gaza Strip evacuation
The upcoming Gaza Strip and northern West Bank pullout would be implemented even if Israel is unable to coordinate it with the Palestinians, Israeli Army Chief Dan Halutz told reporters during a press conference that was held in Tel Aviv Tuesday.
“Coordinating the disengagement is not a condition, we’ll execute the evacuation in any case,” said Halutz. Israel's top officer added “In case of (Palestinian) fire, we’ll handle it. I can’t see a situation where we fight and evacuate simultaneously.”
Halutz noted the pullout would be implemented on schedule, unless the Israeli army received different instructions from the government.
According to Haaretz, he said that contrary to some of the opinions heard through the media, he considers settlers to be "our brothers." There will not be a civil war, Halutz went on to say.