The first thirty families have moved into a new Israeli town in the occupied territory on the Gaza strip.
The first thirty families have moved into a new Israeli town in the occupied territory on the Gaza strip. The new town is a practical application of the idea General Moshe Dayan had when he was Defence Minister - an Israeli occupied buffer between the Arab populations of El Arish and the southern Israeli border the other side of the Gaze strip.
The new Israeli town is called Yamit. It has been built on the sand dunes just south of the Arab town of Rafah. Work on the town began three years ago, and now about a thousand families are expected to arrive and try to make a home at Yamit within the next six months.
The first families have 25 children between them of all ages. Yamit's schools has been opened for three weeks and it has facilities for three hundred children up to 14. Older children will have to go to school in neighbouring settlements or in the large town of beer Sheva 47 miles (75 kilometres) away.
To the Israelis, Yamit is a symbol of their determination to settle the conquered territories, a move which will give them extra bargaining strength at the negotiating table.
The families say they do not fear moving out within a few years if Israel gives the land back to Egypt. They are sure this will never happen. The first families are mainly Russian and American immigrants but many of the families about to come were born in Israel.
Outside the town saplings have been planted in the sand dunes to pave the way for plants and vegetables.