Israel could have left behind an empowered and strong Lebanon, able to absorb Hezbollah and provide for the common defense. But Israel chose not to deal with a Lebanese government and chose to lobby to keep that government so weak, it could be supplanted by Hezbollah or al Qaida or just about anybody. Same/Similar choices were consciously made for Gaza, consulting between Bush, Sharon and Abrams. Getting and keeping Hamas into power in Gaza was a conscious choice with horrible consequences for Israelis and Palestinians, just so settlers could run wild in the West Bank.
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Gaza education ministry shuts 2 Shejaiyeh schools citing fear of Israeli artillery fire (Haaretz)
from the article: Were the withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza a failure?