In 2005, Israel unilaterally disengaged from Gaza, removing its settlements and soldiers from the territory.
Since then, Hamas has taken control of the Strip, prompting regular fighting between Gaza terrorists and the Israeli army in which thousands of Israelis and Gaza Palestinians have been either killed or maimed. In 2006, Hamas kidnapped Gilad Shalit and the poor guy spent five years in captivity in Gaza.
The Israelis who were evacuated from Gaza in 2005 were treated shoddily by successive Israeli governments, with a 2010 Israeli report slamming the “absolute and complete failure” of successive administrations to look after them, instead turning them into “refugees in their own country”.
Meanwhile, Israel’s image has not benefited at all from the disengagement. Global hostility towards the Jewish state is far higher now than it was seven years ago.
Do you think the disengagement from Gaza was a mistake? If not, why not?