Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reiterated his intention Tuesday to press on with the disengagement plan according to the timetable approved by the cabinet.

Speaking at the Likud convention at Tel Aviv, Sharon’s speech was interrupted by loud ‘boos’.

‘Israel will be the initiator, and in the absence of a partner to peace we will act to change the situation to Israel’s advantage,’ Sharon said.

‘The disengagement plan has started and will be implemented exactly according to the schedule set by the cabinet.’ He added.

The Prime Minister Supporters cried “Arik king of Israel” as his opponents made it difficult for Sharon to continue his speech.

Sharon’s aides expected the interruptions and booing, and said Sharon wanted to convey that he was not afraid of the objection to his plan.