Reserve Officers Ask: Keep IDF Out of Disengagement (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 02/03/05)
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Three senior IDF reserve officers have petitioned the High Court of
Justice for a ruling to prevent IDF or police involvement in the
implementation of the proposed Gaza withdrawal Plan.
The plan, known as disengagement, calls for withdrawal from the Gaza
Strip and Northern Samaria, the eviction of local Jewish citizens
from their homes, and the abandonment of the area to the Palestinian
The officers claim in their petition that using the IDF or the
police to this end violates the standing orders of the security
forces. They further claim the government is forbidden from using
the military or police to implement policies or political programs,
such as the disengagement proposal, that are not directly related to
the defense of the State of Israel.
The three reserve officers are Lt.-Gen. David Hagoel, former
commander of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria; Col. Gideon Elshar,
chief of staff of the Sharon reserve division during the Yom Kippur
War; and combat navigator Col. Yehoar Gal.
It was reported earlier this week that a Border Guard police base
near Beit Horon has been turned into an expulsion training school.
Thousands of Border Guardsmen are being trained there to carry out
the mission of removing the close to 9,000 Jews from their homes in
the areas in question. The training course includes breaking into
houses and dealing with die-hard resisters. No fewer than 18,000
policemen are to take the course in the coming months.
In another IDF-disengagement-Supreme Court item, the reserve
officers of the IDF Binyamin Regional Command who were essentially
kicked out of the army last month have appealed the decision to the
Supreme Court. The officers were thrown out after they wrote a
letter stating that the disengagement orders would be "blatantly
illegal," and that they would have great difficulty implementing
them. (IsraelNationalNews © 02/03/05)
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