Hanegbi: Disengagement was mistake

"It was perceived as weakness"; says PM's convergence plan off the agenda.

October 5, 2006 13:42
Hanegbi: Disengagement was mistake

peretz hanegbi 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima) said in an interview with Israel Radio Thursday afternoon that the disengagement from Gaza was a mistake, "based on a number of parameters." Hanegbi added that in the opinion of all Kadima members, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's convergence plan was no longer on the agenda. "The disengagement was perceived as weakness, and the weakness brought about attacks in Gaza and the North," said Hanegbi, who supported former prime minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. According to Hanegbi, "it [disengagement] was not conducive to better security or to peace." In response to Hanegbi's comments, NU-NRP Chairman Uri Ariel, also head of the Knesset lobby for Gush Katif evacuees, said that Hanegbi's words have to be backed up by actions - including the rehabilitation of the evacuees, and a full and immediate solution to employment and housing problems. "I call on MK Hanegbi and his comrades to put forth a special effort, with conviction and sensitivity, and to begin at once the construction of permanent communities for the evacuees," said Ariel.

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