Timetable for Evacuating Settlements Under Sharon Plan

(June 10, 2004)


The committee overseeing Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the West Bank required by the Sharon Plan has outlined a timetable for the evacuations ending in September 2005.

July 2004: Army begins preparing for withdrawal from security installations in Gaza.

August 2004 through July 2005: Voluntary evacuations of Jewish settlers, according to compensation arrangements.

October 2004: Israeli target for working out understandings with international organizations, like the World Bank, on the transfer of property in Gaza to the Palestinians.

February 2005: Sharon to bring to his Cabinet the first of four votes on evacuating settlements.

July 2005: The last of the four Cabinet votes.

Aug. 14, 2005: Deadline for settlers to voluntarily leave Gaza and the four West Bank enclaves. Only security forces and settlers who have refused to leave remain. Army declares the area a closed military zone.

Sept. 1, 2005: Army begins forceful evacuations of remaining settlers.

Sept. 15, 2005: Forceful evacuation of settlers ends.

Sept. 30, 2005: Army to complete military withdrawal, although it may remain in narrow corridor along Gaza's border with Egypt.


Source: Jerusalem Post, (June 10, 2004)