My heart breaks for the settlers, watching the disengagement, essentially, an expulsion, is very painful. However, I think it had to be done; from a strategic point of view it can consolidate Israel's hold on the largest West Bank settlements and, of course, Jerusalem. Never forget, the second Intifada or Arafat's War, was the start of the battle for Jerusalem or the soul of the Jewish state. While the settlers lost this battle, they were isolated and inuslar and did not convince Israelis about the need for "a greater Israel" they have reinvigorated the debate about the nature of a Jewish state. If Israel totally secular, then why shouldn't we divide Jerusalem? What is our connection to Jerusalem and why does it matter?
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from the article: IDF: Demolition of settlement houses may start at end of next week