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Israeli Commits Large Force for Pullout

Security forces assigned to Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip pullout and northern West Bank will outnumber the settlers they evacuate five to one, Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday. “About 41,000 male and female soldiers will take part in the evacuation, and 3,800 police,” Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told a stormy session of lawmakers, Jewish settlers and ministry officials on Israel’s so-called “disengagement.” Some 9,000 settlers live in those areas. But with settler resistance to the opposition fierce, security forces are bracing for a tough, and possibly violent evacuation. Full Story

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