Netanyahu: I Won't Repeat Gaza Evacuation Mistake

PM vows not to create new evacuees, saying 2005 disengagement brought neither peace nor security.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced harsh criticism against Israel's 2005 unilateral evacuation from Gaza, telling his cabinet ahead of its weekly meeting that his government "will not repeat this mistake and create more evacuees."

Netanyahu added that "the unilateral evacuation brought neither peace nor security. On the contrary."

The prime minister explained that since the evacuation of Israel's settlements from the Gaza Strip, the coastal strip had become a base for Hamas terror. "What is done cannot be undone," he said. "We want a bilateral agreement, which will include [Palestinian] recognition of the State of Israel and a sustainable and enforceable security arrangement."

"Should we achieve a turn toward peace with the more moderate partners," Netanyahu continued, "we will insist on the recognition of the State of Israel and the demilitarization of the future Palestinian state."

Netanyahu spoke ahead of a special cabinet session marking four years since the evacuation of the Gaza settlements and several settlements in the northern West Bank. During the session, the cabinet members were to be briefed on the compensation already paid out to evacuees.

Before the cabinet meeting Sunday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke about the ongoing Fatah convention, taking place in the West Bank city of Bethlehem since last Tuesday, saying that the stance adopted by the convention was "unacceptable."

On Saturday, the Fatah convention adopted a position paper stating that the Palestinian national enterprise will not reach fruition until all of Jerusalem, including the outlying villages, come under Palestinian sovereignty.

In response, Barak said Sunday that "we must accept the fact that there is no solution for the Middle East besides a comprehensive solution, which would include us and the Palestinians. I strongly advise [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] to enter into such an agreement following the Fatah convention."

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage

Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022.

Israel Should End Gaza Operation Now, if It Can