In retrospect, would you say that Sharon’s disengagement plan – in which you participated – was a worthy initiative? Was it worth all the effort? Why yes/no/something else?
The question you have asked is still hotly debated in Israeli civil society, given the violent response we received from the Gazans in the years following the disengagement. I did participate in evacuating my fellow citizens in different settlements throughout the strip, many of them devoted hardworking Israeli citizens. That being said, I personally believe that disengaging from Gaza in general was the proper thing to do. I do not believe Israel had a future in Gaza, and the amount of expenditure going in to defense draining the country. Pulling out also improved Israel’s image on the world stage as a nation that desperately wants peace, and the images of Israelis evacuating their fellow citizens proved that. That being said, my opinion on HOW it was done is different. I believe that Israel should have perhaps disengaged from Gaza, in a less unilateral fashion. Because we just completely disengaged, the Gaza border with Egypt became a weapons highway for terror groups. In addition, Hamas was seen in Gaza as responsible for the ousting of Israeli forces, and their popularity rose, eventually allowing them to get elected.