Scores of Israelis on Wednesday staged a protest near the southern Israel settlement Nirim against plans by the Israeli army to withdraw from communities near the Gaza border.
The demonstrators called on the Israeli army to keep guarding their settlements, while it was still highly likely that militants could infiltrate into them from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The Israeli army said in a statement late on Monday that it would pull its troops on Thursday out of communities near Gaza that are not adjacent to the border with the Palestinian territory.
Later on the day, Israel Radio said the decision had been postponed until Sunday.
Israel's Channel 2, meanwhile, said the decision to extract the security forces from communities in the area boiled down to the high cost of military presence in these communities.
Israel deployed thousands of troops in communities near the border with the Gaza Strip following the 51-day offensive on the territory in July and August.
Southern Israel's settlements were the target of tens of rocket attacks by Palestinian resistance.