Olmert stands behind realignment plan

PM tells Gaza evacuees other settlements will be evacuated as soon as possible.

olmert at air force base (photo credit: GPO)
olmert at air force base
(photo credit: GPO)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated Monday that the fighting in the north and south has not dampened his enthusiasm for realignment, telling Gaza evacuees in Nitzan that other settlements will be evacuated. "Your difficulties are clear to me and we will solve the problems," Olmert told representatives of the evacuees living in temporary housing in Nitzan. "We will yet evacuate communities and it is important to me to complete this chapter as soon as possible so that we will be able to continue as a strong and united nation for the challenges that await us." Olmert said Israel was "fighting for its right to live." Olmert also told the Nitzan residents that he was "convinced that we made the right decision to carry out the disengagement plan, and it is better for Israel that you are not living in the Gaza Strip at this time." "I know that you are angry," he said. "I know that you think that you need to be in Gush Katif. We think differently. The government will invest so that each evacuee feels that the State cares about him and so that your children love the country like your grandfathers did. It is important to me that you know that we are acting out of the same love for Israel that you have." Olmert went to Nitzan as part of a visit that took him to the Hatzor Air Force base and Ashkelon.