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The Gift That Never Stops Letting Israel Avoid Peace

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On October 26, 2004, with 67 of the Knesset’s 120 MKs in favor – including Benjamin Netanyahu – the legislature approved the cabinet’s decision to pull out of the Gaza Strip, a move led by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In the debate over the disengagement, both on the left and on the right, Sharon is described as a leader who underwent a personality change in his old age – from the father of the settlements to their uprooter.

The plan itself – amid the rockets, incendiary kites and balloons, drones over the towns of the south, and the plumes of smoke over bombed and blockaded Gaza – is often described as a painful failure.

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But if we examine the Gaza disengagement according to its true goal, we must crown it an overwhelming success of the settler right. A gift that never stops giving. Three weeks before the approval, in an interview with Ari Shavit in Haaretz Magazine, Sharon’s bureau chief Dov Weissglas explained that the pullout was designed to provide legitimacy for freezing the peace process.

“The disengagement plan makes it........

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