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July 20, 2015 6:01 pm

Majority of Israelis Support Rebuilding Jewish Communities in Gaza, Survey Says

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Neve Dekalim, a former Jewish community in Gaza. Photo: Yakob Ben-Avraham.

Neve Dekalim, a former Jewish community in Gaza. Photo: Yakob Ben-Avraham. A majority of Israelis believe the country’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005 was a mistake and that Israel should rebuild Jewish communities there, a new survey by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies think tank has found.

The survey’s findings—63 percent of respondents called disengagement a mistake, and 51 percent supported Jewish rebuilding—contradict opinion polls taken at the time of the disengagement in 2005, which showed strong backing for withdrawing from the coastal territory. Additionally, the survey found that 47 of Israelis oppose evacuating Jewish communities from Judea and Samaria.

Prof. Efraim Inbar, who heads the think tank, said the survey results are generally “surprising,” the Times of Israel reported. Nevertheless, Inbar is personally not surprised that many Israelis have reconsidered their opinion on the Gaza disengagement, especially because Hamas has seized power there and Israel has fought several wars with the Palestinian terror group.

“Since we know a majority of the public in 2005 supported the disengagement, it’s very clear that some of the respondents don’t feel comfortable with their past support for the disengagement and therefore testify today that they opposed it,” Inbar said.

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  • Frank Adam

    Best leave Gaza to rot in its own incompetence then they look silly blaming Israel for anything. At the same time Israel has a political advantage – regardless of arguments about 2005 – of being able to point to Gaza and tell the Arabs to prove themselves by making a better job of Gaza. It is not Israel’s responsibility to nanny Gaza nor Palestine in general. In my 40’s 50’s school days nannying the colonials was still a justification for the Empire. I thought the Arabs resented Empire – unless it is their Empire – and wanted to be independent? Well pull your socks up and dig your garden.

    I was always puzzled by putting the settlements on the South coast instead of in the Eastern triangle of Kfar Darom to be able to cut the main roads and rail in half, and in the North West corner all abutting the Green Line for security backing.

  • judorebbe

    No matter what, Gaza under its current jihadi leadership, needs to be turned into a giant parking lot.