"Some of the settlers want to be prepared in case the evacuation plan, the disengagement plan should take place. We don't know when and how and where it will be but the settlers feel that they have to be prepared."
11. Cutaway sign
12. Shuttered window of house
13. Cat on the street
14. Pile of rubbish
15. Close up on military helmet
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Elan Bernstein, Ganim settlement resident:
"Obviously there'll be compensation and I'm in favour because eventually we're going to have to leave eventually, sometime so the sooner.... I've been here for 17 years and I'm not really happy about leaving but that's it."
17. Various of settler Eran Yarden playing with dog
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Eran Yarden, Ganim settlement resident:
"My wife has been stabbed in the back, my friend was murdered. Politicians haven't come here except for campaigning, we more or less have been thrown on our own so it's not that people really want to leave but it's that we don't have much of a choice. We have no safety here, we have no life here. I've been unable to get employed because people hear I'm from Ganim so we have no normal existence anymore so it's a matter that,,, enough!"
19. Yarden in his garden
20. Israeli flag over settlement
21. Women settlers smoking and talking
22. Israeli soldiers along road in Ganim settlement
Israeli officials have suggested that the government could begin offering compensation as early as next month to Jewish settlers who volunteer to leave the Gaza Strip, even though the cabinet has not given final approval to uproot settlements there.
The rapid work on compensation follows a cabinet decision approving Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate all 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza and four others in the northern West Bank by the end of next year.
Sharon persuaded recalcitrant members of his Likud Party to support the proposal by promising the cabinet would have a chance to vote again next year before any settlements were removed.
The plan to begin compensating the settlers months before that vote appears part of an effort to create momentum for evacuations in advance of
The compensation package will average about 300-thousand per family, Israeli media reported, and will take into account the size of the home and the number of years the family has lived in the settlement.
Residents of the West Bank settlement of Ganim seem willing to accept compensation.
The local councils of the northern West Bank settlements of Ganim and Kadim met on Sunday evening with lawyers to prepare the settlers for their compensation negotiations.
Although the Ganim settlers appear willing to accept having to leave their homes, hundreds of ideological settlers in Gaza have said they will resist any attempt by Sharon to remove them from their homes.
Under a proposed evacuation timetable, preparations for dismantling settlements will be completed well before the next cabinet vote and settlers
who want to leave voluntarily can begin doing so by mid-August.
The timetable gives settlers until September 1, 2005 to leave voluntarily.
Those who do not leave on their own will be removed forcibly by September 15, 2005.
Israeli officials have said "hundreds" of settlers have already expressed interest in leaving.
The Israeli Haaretz newspaper has reported that removing the West Bank enclaves will cost more than 110 (M) million US dollars.
Evacuating Gaza, including compensating the seven and a half thousand settlers there and removing military installations, could cost up to one point nine (B) billion dollars, Haaretz suggested.
Sharon claims that the withdrawal from Gaza and four small West Bank settlements will reduce friction with the Palestinians and ward off international peace initiatives that would be unfavourable to Israel.