Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Wednesday that the state of Israel was very close to sparking a civil rebellion during the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
The 2005 pullout, dubbed the Disengagement Plan, saw hundreds of Israelis removed from their homes, built in Gaza settlements and four settlements in the northern West Bank, and relocated to Israel proper.
"During the Disengagement there was a real and justified concern that that for the first time in the history of the state, government institutions would not be able to execute the government's decisions," Mazuz said during a meeting of the investigation committee established to probe the events of the unilateral Israeli withdrawal.
"The pinnacle came when thousands of people used their bodies to prevent the evacuation. It was a step away from rebellion - it was a real challenge," Mazuz went on to say.
The committee met just as settlers were clashing with Israeli authorities over a government decision to freeze construction in West Bank settlements for 10 months. On Tuesday, a Border Policewoman was moderately wounded during a clash between settlers and Israeli security forces, as Civil Administration officials tried to enforce the freeze.
The clash, which took place in the settlement of Tzofim, was the first such incident after an eight-day lull in violence.