[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Many senior Israeli politicians in the ruling
government with security backgrounds who spoke with IMRA in the immediate
period before the retreat from Gaza were certain Israel was going to remain
deployed in the Philadelphi Corridor. However, in the days before the
retreat of the IDF it was suddenly presented as a foregone conclusion that
it would be impossible to remain in the Philadelphi Corridor after
retreating from the rest of the Gaza Strip.]
The Cabinet Resolution Regarding the Disengagement Plan
6 Jun 2004
(as published by the Prime Minister's Office)
Addendum A - Revised Disengagement Plan -
3.1 The Gaza Strip
1) The State of Israel will evacuate the Gaza Strip, including all existing
Israeli towns and villages, and will redeploy outside the Strip. This will
not include military deployment in the area of the border between the Gaza
Strip and Egypt ("the Philadelphi Route") as detailed below.
3. Security Situation Following the Relocation
One. The Gaza Strip:
1) The State of Israel will guard and monitor the external land perimeter of
the Gaza Strip, will continue to maintain exclusive authority in Gaza air
space, and will continue to exercise security activity in the sea off the
coast of the Gaza Strip.
2) The Gaza Strip shall be demilitarized and shall be devoid of weaponry,
the presence of which does not accord with the Israeli-Palestinian
3) The State of Israel reserves its fundamental right of self-defense, both
preventive and reactive, including where necessary the use of force, in
respect of threats emanating from the Gaza Strip.
6. The Border Area Between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (Philadelphi Route)
The State of Israel will continue to maintain a military presence along the
border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (Philadelphi Route). This presence
is an essential security requirement. At certain locations, security
considerations may require some widening of the area in which the military
activity is conducted.
Subsequently, the evacuation of this area will be considered. Evacuation of
the area will be dependent, inter alia, on the security situation and the
extent of cooperation with Egypt in establishing a reliable alternative
If and when conditions permit the evacuation of this area, the State of
Israel will be willing to consider the possibility of the establishment of a
seaport and airport in the Gaza Strip, in accordance with arrangements to be
agreed with Israel.