Israelis still see Gaza pullout as a mistake

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A telephone poll marking the 4th anniversary of the Gaza "disengagement" earlier this week found that most Israelis now view the evacuation and destruction of Gaza's former Jewish communities as a grave error in judgement.

A 48 percent plurality of respondent said they had supported the pullout at the time, having been duped by claims that cleansing Gaza of Jews would bring greater security to Israelis living in the vicinity and would be a catalyst for advancing the peace process.

Since then, Gaza has fallen to the Hamas terrorist organization, rocket attacks on southern Israel increased necessitating a costly invasion this past January, and Israel and the Palestinians are no closer to peace than they were before the withdrawal.

Of the Israelis who said they originally supported the pullout, 68 percent told pollsters they now regret that position.

Most Israelis said they are also disgusted by the way the government has handled the evacuees from Gaza, most of whom have still not been provided permanent housing. Respondents said they think the plight of Gaza's Jews should be taught in Israeli schools so that what they went through is not forgotten.

Meanwhile, 2,000 former Gaza residents demonstrated on the Israeli side of the Gaza security fence on Tuesday, insisting that they are ready at a moment's notice to go retake their homes.

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