Knesset to discuss evacuees' status

Police prepare to evacuate more outposts; Karadi receives report on Amona.

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The Knesset plenum will discuss on Tuesday afternoon the status of the evacuees from Gush Katif and northern Samaria as per the demand of 40 opposition MKs. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will address the MKs and at the conclusion of the debate, the plenum will vote on his remarks. At the same time, Housing and Construction Minister Meir Sheetrit has asked the government to grant him the authority to deal with the evacuees. Also on Tuesday, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky will appear before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to give a security briefing. He will appear in place of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz who cancelled his appearance. Meanwhile, the police are continuing to prepare to evacuate illegal West Bank outposts next week, unless the events in Gaza change the timetable. In a move likely to assist the planning for such evacuations, the police operations branch has presented Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi with its report on the violence at Amona a few months ago. Alongside its analysis of the event, the report also includes recommendations for further outpost evacuations. Karadi has ordered the recommendations to be implemented, Israel Radio reported Tuesday morning. The report noted several police failures, among them: - The police did not succeed in isolating Amona and many youth were able to arrive without hindrance. In upcoming evacuations, the police plan to isolate the outposts more effectively. - The police were not prepared for Knesset members to join the protesters. This time, a senior officer will act as liaison with the MKs. During further evacuations, the police will arrest more people, and trucks with water hoses will make up the front line rather than mounted policemen (at Amona, mounted police constituted the front line). Furthermore, there will be many more policewomen involved to remove female protesters and all police personnel will wear their identification tags. According to the report's compilers, the number of wounded was much higher than expected, which also affected the mission. Karadi noted after receiving the report that because of the events at Amona, the police had been strengthened and had increased its deterrence capability. Next week, the Knesset Constitution Committee will discuss the legal aspects of evacuating outposts. Committee head Menahem Ben-Sasson said obeying the law and preserving order was the primary concern and that all those involved should learn lessons from previous incidences.