Sharon: there will be only one disengagement; after that, the roadmap
PM pledges to prioritize social issues after pullout; tells police: do not give in to scare tactics.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday reiterated his determination to complete the disengagement plan and denied any intention to carry out a second unilateral pullout in the West Bank.
"There will be only one disengagement, despite rumors of more to follow," Sharon told police chiefs at their final pre-disengagement assembly in Ashdod.
Israel's police will be heavily involved in the execution of the pullout plan as its officers will be .
Sharon said that if following the disengagement the Palestinian Authority succeeds to disarm the Palestinian militant groups and bring a complete halt to terror, he will favor a start to the implementation of the road map.
"Dealing with Israel's borders and the future of the settlements is the last stage after the implementation of all the agreements and understandings in the road map," Sharon said.
Sharon added that after the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank he intended to place social issues, such as the violence in society and reforms in education, at the top of the government's priorities.
The prime minister criticized recent activities of right-wing extremists, and those soldiers who have refused to carry out pullout-related orders. "Refusing orders is the most dangerous thing facing us, and we will have to prevent it," Sharon said.
"Violence will not stop the disengagement, which will be carried out despite the complexities it engenders. Do not recoil from any threats or scare tactics," Sharon told the police officers.