Olmert: Gaza evacuees must be resettled

Says "excessive bureaucracy" causing delays; most families still unsettled.

October 30, 2006 01:43
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evacuees in hotel 248

evacuees in hotel 248 88. (photo credit: Courtesy [file])

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lashed out on Sunday at the red tape hampering the resettlement of the Gaza evacuees. "We have to take all measures at our disposal to prevent the excessive bureaucracy that is delaying the process," Olmert said at a meeting of the ministerial committee dealing with the resettlement of the 1,700 families evacuated from the Gaza Strip and four northern Samaria communities in the summer of 2005.

  • A year on: Magazine special While most of the evacuees now live in some form of temporary housing, only 21 families have made it through the bureaucratic process and obtained permission to build permanent homes. It is estimated that some 1,379 families still await authorization to build homes that replicate their Gaza communities. The remaining 300 families are assumed to have sought individual solutions. It is now estimated by government officials that the time needed to build new homes for the evacuees will be three years, instead of two as originally estimated. The committee received an interim report on the status of efforts to reconstruct new communities for the 1,400 families, as well as a report on other resettlement issues such as employment and compensation claims. No details from the report were available to the press. In speaking to the committee, Olmert said that he had supported disengagement from Gaza and the four settlements in northern Samaria, but not the cumbersome resettlement process that had developed in the aftermath of the pullout. He said he wanted to see all unjustified bureaucratic measures removed. At the end of the meeting, Olmert said, "I hope my words will be put into practice in the field and that we will be able to find solutions within a reasonable time frame."

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