Rightists plan to resettle north Gaza
Activists preparing list of families, bachelors interested in returning to former Dugit, Nisanit and Elei Sinai settlements. ‘Today everyone understands that these settlements are Ashkelon’s bullet-proof vest, and in order to protect Ashkelon we must have Jewish presence in the area,’ Baruch Marzel says
Right-wing activists told Ynet Thursday that now that the IDF has recaptured north Gaza, they too plan to resettle the area.
The rightists are preparing a list of families and single people who would be interest4d in returning to the former Dugit, Nisanit and Elei Sinai settlements.
So far 11 families and 17 bachelors from West Bank settlements have signed up to establish a new settlement bloc in the northern Strip.
The Jewish National Front, headed by Baruch Marzel, is behind the initiative.
“This is a great opportunity to raise the demand to return to the settlements,” one activist said. They plan to pass the list on to the IDF and demand that they be permitted to resettle the area.
According to the activists, should the IDF deny their request, they will consider taking “operative steps” to resettle the Strip, including entering the area without authorization.
'Settlement enterprise will remain forever'
“The disengagement (from Gaza) blew up in our faces,” Marzel said. “Today everyone understands that Dugit, Elei Sinai and Nisanit are Ashkelon’s bullet-proof vest, and in order to protect Ashkelon we must have Jewish presence in the area (northern Gaza).
Meanwhile, the council of former north Gaza settlements called in an open letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to “rectify the mistake and take back the settlement bloc in north Gaza, which was left to the Palestinians; this is an area that has never been under Arab control – it was a demilitarized zone held by the United Nations.
“It should be mentioned that the Elei Sinai-Dugit range controls Beit Lahiya, Jabalya and Shati and provides protection for Ashkelon and nearby communities; the Nisanit range controls Beit Hanun and protects Sderot and the western Negev,” the letter said.
“To gain back Israel’s deterrence we must prove that our concessions are reversible, but the settlement enterprise will remain forever. Therefore we must impose Israeli sovereignty in these areas. A military maneuver is only temporary and will therefore give temporary results. We are willing to rebuild our homes in north Gaza.”