Three top U.S. officials testified to the Senate about Israel’s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer. Lt. Gen. William Ward, the top security envoy to the region; David Welch, the top State Department envoy; and James Wolfensohn, an economic envoy appointed at President Bush’s behest by the “Quartet” — the group comprised of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — said much needs to be done ahead of the withdrawal to make it a success. They singled out the Palestinian Authority for failing to consolidate its 16 security forces into three answerable groups that could guarantee security once Israel leaves.
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