“Without Knesset Authorization and Without Ministry of Finance Funding, The Prime Minister of Israel cannot implement his plan”- Giora Eiland, Director, Israel National Security Council, Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Foreign Press Briefing, June 20th, 2004.
The Prime Minister of Israel has received no authorization from the Knesset and no funding from the Israel Ministry of Finance to carry any aspect of his plan.
The spokespeople of the Israel Ministry of Finance and the office of the Prime Minister of Israel have confirmed that there is no authorization of the Knesset and/or the Israel Ministry of Finance to spend any money in regard to the Prime Minister’s plan.
The spokespeople of the Israel Ministry of Finance and the office of the Prime Minister of Israel also confirm that they have no idea where the Prime Minister has received funds to establish a facility to organize the relocation of Israeli citizens from Katif or from the Shomron.
The chairman of the Knesset Law Committee, Michael Eitan, told me on Monday that although he supports the Sharon Plan, the PM cannot operate it without Knesset authorization or the funding from The Israel Ministry of Finance.
At a time when Israel government TV, Israel government radio and Israel Defence Forces Radio all reporting that Sharon’s plan is a “fait accompli”, Sharon implements it without appropriate fiduciary authorization
Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency, Beit Agron, Jerusalem
Fellow, Center for Near East Policy Research, Wellesley and Jerusalem