Israeli ministers attend event for end of Gaza disengagement 29Mar13 March 29, 2013

Alternative Information Centre    -    27 March 2013

sites_homesh_and_burqaHigh ranking Israeli government officials are planning to participate in an event Wednesday near the site of Homesh, a northern West Bank settlement dismantled in August 2005 in the framework of Israel’s unilateral redeployment from the Gaza Strip. The event will call for a “correction of the disengagement error” and rebuilding of the dismantled settlements.

Scheduled to participate are Agricultural Minister Yair Shamir (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu), Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), who lives in the Kfar Adumim settlement; Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud Yisrael Beitenu) and Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon (Likud Yisrael Beitenu).

Three of these officials are from the party of Prime Minister Netanyahu while Ariel is now responsible for all construction and housing in Israel. Ariel, himself a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim, was previously secretary general of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of all Jewish settlements in the West Bank – and formerly the Gaza Strip.

The event, organized by the regional council of northern West Bank settlements, will include the issuance of the “Homesh Accord”.

The settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7 reports that the Homesh Accord will note that the redeployment, dubbed ‘deportation’ in the accord, “not only harmed the residents but weakened the people of Israel…We hereby express our opinion that the time has come to correct this injustice and the huge error that was the disengagement, and to begin with the mistake of Homesh.”

Gershon Mesika, head of the Samaria regional council, told Arutz 7 that: “The pilgrimage of thousands during the Passover holiday to Homesh is certainly a call in the direction of the new government. We expect the new government to change the spirit and direction of the state of Israel – back to Judaism, Zionism and doing, and Homesh is a good starting point for this change. There is no reason not to correct the terrible mistake of the deportation and to return to Homesh and the other uprooted settlements.”

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