Sharon Releases Gaza Timetable

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (search) presented a detailed timetable for a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip to his Likud Party (search) on Tuesday, and warned party rebels that the plan "will be implemented, period."

Sharon said that on Sept. 14, he would seek Cabinet approval for initial compensation payments to Jewish settlers willing to leave voluntarily. Sharon aides hope that the payments will encourage a large number of settlers to leave.

Sharon said that by Nov. 3, the compensation legislation would be brought to parliament for first approval.

The prime minister told Likud legislators he is determined to go ahead with the plan. "You know my views on the subject," he said. "The disengagement plan will be implemented, period."