Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, addressed the Israelis on Monday at night and said that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Israel is leaving the Gaza Strip from Ã¢â‚¬Å“position of strength, not weaknessÃ¢â‚¬Â and vowed harsh response if the resistance fired at the settlements during pullout.
Also, Sharon added that the pullout will enable Israel look inward and fight poverty in Israel.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are beginning this painful step, the evacuation of our settlements in the Gaza Strip, and northern West BankÃ¢â‚¬Â, Sharon said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a difficult step for me, the government approved the pullout with a heavy heartÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Sharon stated the he and many other Israeli leaders, always believed and hoped to hold on Netzarim and Kfar Darom settlements forever, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but the changing realities in Israel and the region forced me to change my positionÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We cannot remain in the Gaza Strip forever, more than a million Palestinians live there, and there number is doubling each generationÃ¢â‚¬Â, Sharon said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They are living in poverty, distress and amidst an environment of escalating hatred, with no hope for a better futureÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Sharon also said that Israel tried to arrive to peace agreements with the Palestinians, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“the agreements were shattered on walls of hatredÃ¢â‚¬Â, according to Sharon.Ã‚Â