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Israel's Gaza disengagement legacy

Israel's disengagement from Gaza should not be perceived as a disaster but as a first step amid many more that guarantee Israel's Jewish majority.
Israeli soldiers carry their comrade during a military exercise in the region bordering the Gaza Strip, southern Israel June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen - RTX1FI8P
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“Unfortunately, this place was given to our enemies without any real reason. This center [Gush Katif Commemoration Center] reminds us of what we gave up, and why it must never happen again. I call on everyone to come and visit here to understand what a great calamity it was, and how we are obligated to prevent such a calamity from happening again.”

These words were uttered by new Likud Knesset member Miki Zohar after he visited the Gush Katif Commemoration Center in Nitzan on June 7. Gush Katif is a former Gaza Strip settlement bloc. Zohar's visit was part of a series of events marking a decade since the evacuation of the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria as part of the 2005 disengagement plan. Yinon Magal and Bezalel Smotritz, two Knesset members from the HaBayit HaYehudi Party, visited the site before Zohar.

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