Israeli soldier sentenced to prison for refusal

jerusalem (ap) | An Israeli soldier was sentenced to 28 days in an army lockup this week for encouraging comrades to defy an order to evacuate a Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank, the military said.

The move came on the day that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a stern warning to Jewish settlers who want to thwart his planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, saying the government would use all its might to carry out the pullout.

The military said that Sgt. Yossi Pilant was sentenced to 28 days for calling on fellow soldiers not to obey an order to dismantle two structures at the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Mitzpe Yitzhar.

Pilant’s was the first instance of soldier’s actual refusal to obey an evacuation order, the military said.