Special Update: Disengagement-August 2005

Special Update: Disengagement-August 2005


Disengagement from the Gaza Strip was completed on August 22, and from northern Samaria on August 23, 2005.
PM Sharon: "In the Disengagement Plan there is only one stage of disengagement. The next stage in the diplomatic negotiations regards the Roadmap."



Starting at midnight on August 14, 2005, the entry and presence of Israeli citizens in the areas to be evacuated was prohibited under paragraph 22A of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.

 Israel's Disengagement Plan: Renewing the peace process
 Israel's Disengagement Plan: Selected Documents
 Paying the Price for Peace: The Human Cost of Disengagement
 Behind the Headlines: The Disengagement Plan is an opportunity for peace
 Israeli-Palestinian coordination on eve of Disengagement
 The demolition of Gaza settlement homes - Background brief
 Israel Police treatment of juveniles during the period of disengagement


 President Katsav addresses the nation 10-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon addresses the nation 15-Aug-2005
 Excerpt from speech by PM Sharon at the laying of the cornerstone of Nurit 29-Aug-2005
 Speech by PM Sharon at the Conference of the 100 Most Influential People 6-Sep-2005
 PM Sharon addresses the UN General Assembly 15-Sep-2005

(IDF Spokesman)

Map of Gush Katif settlements in the Gaza Strip

IDF Spokesman

Map of settlements in northern Gaza Strip

IDF Spokesman

Map of Northern Samaria

IDF Spokesman

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The evacuation of Gaza Strip and northern Samaria

 The Disengagement Plan is under way 15-Aug-2005
 Evacuation of the Gaza Strip settlements
 Key points from briefing by Col. Mordechai, Head of DCO 16-Aug-2005
 Disengagement from Gaza: How many remain after voluntary evacuation? 17-Aug-2005
 Ministerial Disengagement Committee receives update on evacuation 18-Aug-2005
 Majority of communities in the Gaza Strip evacuated 21-Aug-2005
 Cabinet discusses disengagement 21-Aug-2005
 Evacuation of Israeli civilians from the Gaza Strip completed 22-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon: resettling the evacuees is a national mission 22-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon speaks with PA Chairman Abbas 22-Aug-2005
 Evacuation of northern West Bank 23-Aug-2005
 Family members pay respects at Gush Katif cemetery 23-Aug-2005
 Agreement regarding moving graves from the Gush Katif cemetery 28-Aug-2005
 Cabinet Communique 28-Aug-2005
 Transcript of GPO Briefing on Disengagement 30-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon convenes meeting of Ministerial Disengagement Committee 7-Sep-2005
 Cabinet Communique 11-Sep-2005
 Exit of IDF Forces from the Gaza Strip completed 12-Sep-2005
 Completion of redeployment of IDF forces in the northern West Bank 20-Sep-2005

Selected video clips
(IDF Spokesman)

 Closing of the Kissufim crossing - 15-Aug-2005
 Handing out eviction notices in Nisanit - 15-Aug-2005
 Moving from Neve Dekalim - 15-Aug-2005
 Evacuating Neve Dekalim - 17-Aug-2005
 Evacuating the synagogue at Kfar Darom - 18-Aug-2005
 Evacuating and destroying buildings in Kerem Atzmona - 19-Aug-2005
 Demolishing houses in Ganei Tal - 21-Aug-2005
 Final prayers at Netzarim synagogue - 22-Aug-2005

International support

US President George Bush Radio Address (Aug 27, 2005): During the past two weeks, Prime Minister Sharon and the Israeli people took a courageous and painful step by removing Israeli settlements in Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank. I congratulate the Prime Minister for his bold leadership.

Now that Israel has withdrawn, the way forward is clear. The Palestinians must show the world that they will fight terrorism and govern in a peaceful way. We will continue to help the Palestinians to prepare for self government and to defeat the terrorists who attack Israel and oppose the establishment of a peaceful Palestinian state.

We remain fully committed to defending the security and well-being of our friend and ally Israel. We demand an end to terrorism and violence in every form because we know that progress depends on ending terror. And we will continue working for the day when the map of the Middle East shows two democratic states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security.

 PM Sharon receives letters from UK PM Blair and Turkish PM Erdogan 16-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon receives letters from Moroccan King Mohammed VI and South African President Mbeki 17-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon speaks with Italian PM Berlusconi 17-Aug-2005
 Statement by Spokesman to UN Secretary-General 18-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon speaks with Turkish PM Erdogan 23-Aug-2005
 Press statement on Israeli disengagement by UN Security Council President 24-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon speaks with Norwegian PM Bondevik 25-Aug-2005
 European Commission welcomes Israeli disengagement from Gaza 25-Aug-2005
 PM Sharon speaks with UN Secy-Gen. Annan 29-Aug-2005
 Statement by the Quartet 20-Sep-2005

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