Israel prepares to disengage under fire

DEBKAfile Intelligence

June 23, 2005, 10:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

The prime minister’s strategic adviser Eival Gilad warns that the IDF will not hesitate to use its considerable might - even at the risk of collateral harm to Palestinian civilians - should the August evacuation operation come under fire. Israe’s first priority must be to stop the Palestinian attack without delay. Gilad added he believes terrorist attacks will diminish after disengagement. Foreign minister Silvan Shalom told foreign ambassadors in Jerusalem that if necessary Israeli troops will go in and out of the Gaza Strip after its evacuation to deal with terrorists.