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photoToday marks the first official day of the Gaza pullout by Israel — 21 settlements to be evacuated over the course of weeks. For now, the settlers will be warned by soldiers going door to door that they have 48 hours to leave. But after that, leaving will be by force.

The pullout has become a flashpoint for Israelis. Thousands have protested the disengagement plan for months and pledge to continue defying Ariel Sharon's decision to withdraw. But the majority of Israelis support the pullout and say it is the only way to continue the true Israel — a Jewish and democratic state.

As the full evacuation of Jewish settlers in Gaza nears, hear a discussion on what it means for Israel's identity and future.

Guests:

Steven Erlanger, Reporter for The New York Times.

Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

Reuven Hazan, Professor of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Benny Elon, former Tourism MInister in Ariel Sharon's Government and Member of Israel's Knesset.

This program aired on August 15, 2005.

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