SDHD: "You go from having feet on the ground to having NO feet on the ground, but blocking the flow of goods." Under int'l law (Hague Regs IV, 1907) the definition of "occupation" has nothing to do with "feet on the ground". It is determined by this: An army established its AUTHORITY over territory, and the territorial extent of that authority defines the area under occupation. Now, SDHD: 1) In 1967 the IDF definitely established its AUTHORITY over the Gaza Strip. 2) Between 1967 and 2005 the status of the IDF inside the Gaza Strip was therefore that of "an occupying power". 3) In 2005 the IDF redeployed from INSIDE Gaza to a deployment AROUND the periphery of Gaza. The question is simple: did that redeployment end the IDF's authority over the Gaza Strip. The answer is: No, the IDF merely chose to exercise its authority differently. Hague Regs: if the IDF still has "authority" then it is still an "occupying power".
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