Israeli leftists now regret Gaza pullout

Monday, July 02, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

They were the most dedicated and vocal supporters of Israel's decision to leave the Gaza Strip, but two years and one bloody coup later, many leading Israeli leftists are now questioning the decision to “disengage.”

A pamphlet recently distributed by the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria featured quotes by such people as iconic left-wing journalist Ilana Dayan, who questioned why she and those like her “didn't ask whether disengagement was the right step?”

Another prominent television personality, Avri Gilad, added, “I supported the disengagement plan and I was wrong…the orange (pro-settlement camp) was right.”

Maj.-Gen. Yiftah Ron-Tal, who was commander of Israel's ground forces during the disengagement, was quoted as saying that he “cannot understand why Israel relinquished parts of its land voluntarily and passionately, and how it turned settlers connected to the land into criminals.”

Across the board Israelis have begun to question the wisdom of surrendering the Gaza Strip, though even with the problems the disengagement has produced, the government continues to hold up the pullout as a positive achievement.

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