Israeli forces are moving to clear Gaza’s last remaining Jewish settlement. Ninety-five percent of the 8,500 Jewish settlers who lived in Gaza had gone by Sunday.
The army has been expecting little resistance from 500 or so settlers at Netzarim. In central Gaza, it was often attacked by Palestinian militants. But tougher cases are likely to be in store in the northern West Bank. The hardline Jewish settlers’ main turf is next on the evacuation list. Hundreds of them faced off against troops and bulldozers there at the weekend. Israeli forces are finishing up in other settlements.
The defence ministry anticipates it will several more weeks to finish demolition work, and haul away equipment. Israel has held onto Gaza since 1967;
It is central to Palestinians’ ambitions for a future state. The Palestinian Authority has said it will take over once the Israelis leave.