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Israel Defense Chief Opposes Razing Settler Homes After Evacuation

As Israel paused on Wednesday to mourn its military dead, ministers argued about whether to dismantle the homes of the Gaza settlers who are scheduled to be evacuated in mid-August and the impact of the withdrawal.The defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, considered close to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said he opposed razing the homes of settlers because of the extra risk to the military and the police and the extra time it would take. “I’m not prepared, as defense minister of the state of Israel, to endanger Israeli soldiers in order to destroy the houses of settlers,” he told Israel radio on a somber day of commemoration for the country’s 20,368 dead since 1947, a figure that nearly every newspaper noted.Full Story

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