The Expulsion From Gush Katif

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Does the Israeli Government regret the Disengagement?

Posted by emmalazarus on August 18, 2008

What with the numerous events that have been held to mark the third year since the Disengagement, as well as the opening of the Gush Katif Museum, and the launch of the Knesset inquiry into the Expulsion in 2005; there may be as tendency to believe that the people and government have made a small, yet noticeable about-turn on their views towards the Expulsion.

An Israeli TV station for the Knesset, launched a campaign campaign to find public figures that have done just this. However, as Hillel Fendel cites on Arutz Sheva today, “A search for politicians who regret the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria has turned up only modest success.”

Hagai Segal, co-host of the TV show, said “I did not find any who were involved in the actual decision-making process who have expressed regret and say openly that they made a mistake…Nor have there been too many who said they wouldn’t do it again.” Segal does cite a few public figures that have indeed changed their stance towards the Disengagement. However, it does not imbue us with confidence and hope for the future. It seems that although there is a perception that the people have begun to come to the realization that the Disengagement was a mistake, what with the rockets, Lebanon war and the knowledge that the promises made to those evicted were on the whole not upheld. This regret and turn of policy has not spread to the leadership.

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