Gun battles erupt in Rafah as Sharon unveils revised Gaza withdrawal plan http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=4192 ... During a Cabinet discussion Sunday, Justice Minister Yosef Lapid, of the centrist Shinui Party, called for a halt to the demolitions in Gaza, and said the TV images from Rafah reminded him of the suffering of his family during World War II. Lapid, a Holocaust survivor, insisted he was not likening army actions to Nazi policies. However, he said the picture of an elderly woman searching for medication in the rubble of a home razed by Israel in the Rafah camp reminded him of his grandmother. Infuriated Cabinet colleagues said that even if unspoken, the analogy was clear, and demanded he retract his comments. "I am talking about an old woman on all fours looking for her medicine in the rubble of her home and I thought about my grandmother," he later told Israel Army Radio. Lapid, a native of what is now Yugoslavia, spent part of World War II in the Budapest ghetto and lost many relatives, including one grandmother and his father, in the Holocaust. He immigrated to Israel in 1948 when he was 17. In a radio interview, Lapid also said that the army is considering demolishing some 2,000 homes in Rafah to expand a patrol road between the camp and the border with Egypt. Military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed for the first time that they are exploring plans involving the demolition of 700 to 2,000 homes. "We look like monsters in the eyes of the world," Lapid told Israel Radio. "This makes me sick."