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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.

To read an Israel National News report on the incident and watch video coverage, click here.

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American Students To Protest Against New Disengagement

Posted by naomigrossman on September 10, 2008

IsraelNN reports that Jewish American students are planning a coast-to-coast protest against Olmert’s proposed new disengagement plan. They also want to wake up the Jewish leadership and galvanize them into speaking out against the plan.

The demonstration is expected to last 45 minutes, or one classroom session, in which the students and high school pupils will stand to show their solidarity. IsraelNN quotes the organizer, Yosef Rabin of the United Jewish Student Council as saying, ““We are striking in response to the silence of the Jewish leadership on the planned expulsion of 300,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria, division of Jerusalem and the abandonment of the holy Temple Mount.”

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Government Throwing “Sand in the Eyes” of West Bank Residents

Posted by naomigrossman on September 7, 2008

Ynet, the website of Yediot Acharonot, reports on the reactions of the former residents of Gush Katif to Chaim Ramon’s latest plan to compensate the Jewish residents of 72 communities that the government is thinking of relocating.


According to the plan, the government will compensate each family that moves prior to an evacuation. However, former residents of Gush Katif, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation and continue to be out of work three years after the expulsion, have a strong sense of déjà vu.


They are throwing sand in these settlers’ eyes,” Chaggit Yaron, formerly of Neve Dekalim, is quoted as saying in the article. “They think money can solve this matter, but money is not even the issue. There are values and ideology here which are not being discussed at all, and instead they talk about the money the settlers will be given. Such a move cannot be implemented in exchange for money.”


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Children in training in the Gaza Strip; Islamic Jihad stages parade

Posted by emmalazarus on September 1, 2008

An article appeared in Israel National News, which highlights the latest in the military build up that is going on in Gaza, particularly amongst the young. The article written by Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel of Israel National News quotes an 11 year old boy as saying “I am learning how to fight the Jews and kill Jewish children,” he goes on to say that: “The parents of the Jewish children are the soldiers and officers who kill us here. I want these parents to get a taste of what it’s like to have your children killed, just as the Palestinians experience every day.” (IsraelNN)

It is reported that this young boy along with many others, has undergone “live firearms training, including pistols and rifles, from the Salah al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees reports”. (IsraelNN)

On the same token, Islamic Jihad over the weekend held a military parade in the South of the Gaza Strip to show their force. Abu Hamzeh, the group’s military chief threatened to “unleash the fires of hell… We’re getting ready for the next round” he said (AFP) claiming that there are “hundreds of rockets” ready to fire on Israel.

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IDF General’s invitation leads to protests and cancellation

Posted by emmalazarus on August 20, 2008

An event dedicated to King David, which was set to be held in the Kfar Etzion settlement and was to be attended by public figures, intellectuals and religious officials has been cancelled. The reason for the event being called off is due to one of the public figures invited to take part in the event. This figure is Major-General Gershon Hacohen, known best for his leadership in the evacuation of Gush Katif three years ago.

Once it became known that the Hacohen was to play a part in the event, there was a huge amount of pressure from right-wing elements for the organizers to remove Hacohen from the list of speakers. Emails and calls bombarded the organizers, as well as threats to boycott and/or disturb the event. Hacohen learned of this pressure and the planned protests and decided to withdraw from the event. He said that he “does not desire to sadden people” (Israel National News). The organizers then decided to call off the event entirely. They issued a statement saying that they could not accept the “targeting” and “boycotting” of an IDF officer who had given so much to Israeli security and Jewish life in Judea and Samaria.  “We must do everything we can to avoid polarization of our society and the establishment of two states for one people, as happened 50 years after King David’s regime.” (Israel National News)

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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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