IDF General Naveh: Gaza Disengagement Proved that Terrorism Has Nothing to Do with Settlements

(Israel Hayom) Mati Tuchfeld - Former Head of IDF Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh said in an interview he believes that the 2005 unilateral disengagement from Gaza failed to give Israel any security or diplomatic advantage. "If the disengagement from Gaza contributed anything to history, it did so by proving that terrorism has nothing to do with the settlement enterprise, and by proving that an eviction of this nature cannot be carried out in such a way again. There was no advantage to this eviction. None. Zero. Nothing has changed for the better there. It had no added value to security or to anything else. It was a frustrating event that left a feeling that it was all for nothing." An initiative in the Knesset proposes to allow the residents of the four northern Samaria settlements evicted in 2005 - Kadim, Ganim, Homesh and Sa-Nur - to re-establish their communities. Unlike the Gush Katif communities in Gaza, which were razed immediately after the disengagement, the four Samaria communities were left standing, turning into ghost towns in an area that remains under IDF control. While Naveh agrees that Homesh and Sa-Nur should be resettled for security reasons, he believes the resettlement of Kadim and Ganim should be re-examined.

2017-06-16 00:00:00

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