Gaza disengagement authority to be renamed
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Gaza disengagement authority to be renamed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet agreed to rename the Gaza disengagement authority.

The Sela Authority, as it has been known for its more than four years, was renamed the Tenufa Authority at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting. Tenufa in Hebrew means momentum.

The name change is part of an effort to effect a conceptual change in how the government deals with the Gush Katif evacuees, according to a statement from the Government Press Office.

"At this stage, such a change will — for the Government, the evacuees and the public at large — signal the beginning of a new phase in dealing with, and rehabilitating, the evacuees, in which all sides will do their utmost in order to bring this process to a rapid end," the statement said.

The State Commission of Inquiry into the issue of how the authorities have dealt with the evacuees from Gush Katif and the northern West Bank, in its Sept. 16 interim report, called for a conceptual change in dealing with the evacuees.