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Fundamentally Freund: Rebuild Gush Katif

Posted by emmalazarus on January 14, 2009

Last week, shortly after Israeli ground forces entered Gaza, there was a brief news item on the radio which caught my attention.

Amid the flurry of reports emanating from the front, the announcer noted in passing that troops had arrived at the ruins of the Jewish communities  of Dugit in northern Gaza and Netzarim in the center of the strip He then quickly moved on to discuss various other pressing events in the current campaign against terror.

Left unsaid, of course, was the colossal and bitter irony of this development. After all, it was just three and a half years ago, in August 2005, that soldiers descended on the Jewish communities of Gaza to expel their Jewish residents from their homes. And now the men in uniform find themselves forced to do battle against Hamas in those very same locations.

What a stinging rebuke to all those who preached the gospel of retreat in the face of terror and prophesied peace and harmony by removing Jews. 

If nothing else, it is a telling reminder of a basic and fundamental truth of Zionist history and Middle Eastern reality: Jewish settlements are not an obstacle to peace, but an impediment to war.

Only by firmly planting the flag deep into every part of the Land of Israel can we ensure our continued existence in the face of ongoing Arab expansionism and Palestinian irredentism.

That is why it is time now to right the moral and historical wrong of Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan and rebuild Gush Katif.

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Israeli costs of Gaza operation mount

Posted by emmalazarus on January 11, 2009

Conservative estimates put the cost of Gaza invasion at $3 bn so far. As IAF reduces its scope op operation, direct costd will not rise rapidly. The call-up of 20,000 reservists pushes indirect costs upward: at $4,500 average GDP per employee per month economic losses run close to $1 bn monthly, further increased by economic stagnation in the embattled south.

So far, every Israeli Jewish family shelled out $3,000 to correct the government’s decision to disengage from Gaza three years ago. Staying in Gaza was not only profitable in terms of Gush Katif economic output, but far less expensive than the current invasion.

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Second Expulsion for Family in Nitzan

Posted by naomigrossman on November 24, 2008

Sela, the disengagement administration, has expelled a family, originally from northern Samaria, from a caravilla at Nitzan, where many Gush Katif expellees are still living in temporary accommodation. Dozens of policemen evicted the family in a display reminiscent of the original expulsion from Gush Katif, bringing back bad memories for the frustrated residents of Nitzan, who still live in harsh conditions and continue to deal with many social problems caused by the destruction of their former homes.

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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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Three years late? Knesset Commissions Inquiry into the Disengagement

Posted by emmalazarus on July 30, 2008

After a special session was held last week to mark the third anniversary of the Expulsion from Gush Katif, the Knesset has now ordered an official enquiry into the treatment of those that were evicted from their homes in August 2005.

According to Ynet News, “the decision to establish the commission was passed by a 9-3 margin. As stated in the article, State Control Committee Chairman Zevulun Orlev (National Union-NRP) backed the move and said that “the government expelled 10,000 people from their homes and abandoned them.”

It seems unclear as to what the commission will achieve, and no doubt many will conclude that it is a move that would have been welcomed over two years ago. Those evicted from their homes have spent three years dealing with the fact that they were thrown out of their homes and essentially left to fend for themselves, living in temporary housing, with little to no compensation. What this commission will do to help the lives of these people is unclear, but even though this move comes long after it should have, it is a positive step that the Government is now taking some action to at least examine the Disengagement, and hopefully repair in some small way the untold damage that has been done.

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