Jun. 1, 2018
- Looking Back, the Gaza Pullout Was a Mistake – Sever Plocker
Gaza isn’t controlled by the Palestinian Authority, as the supporters of the disengagement – myself included – expected. Gaza was basically handed over to Hamas, which failed to establish a civilian government there. Instead, it established a wild military regime seeking conflicts and lacking any civilian goals.
Immediately after Israel pulled out of there, it turned out the strip wouldn’t be like Singapore – but rather like Benghazi. The Hamas militias had no interest in an organized transfer of the production and real estate assets Israel had left behind. They preferred to build training camps in greenhouses than grow tomatoes there. And the PA vanished from the area. That sealed the enclave’s fate.
The economic, social, and security situation in Gaza has deteriorated in the years that have passed since the disengagement.
Looking back, the disengagement was a mistake. Had Israel remained in Gaza, the economic gap between the Palestinians in the strip and the Palestinians in the West Bank would have been narrowed, and a solution would have been found for the transfer of goods and people between Gaza and Hebron. The PA would have maintained its rule – and would have even grown stronger. Tens of thousands of Gazans would be working in Israel, as they did in the past, and the level of violence would have dropped. (Ynet)