10 Years After: The Gaza Disengagement as Reported by Haaretz

On the anniversary of the disengagement from Gaza, Haaretz republishes articles dealing with the dramatic events of August 2005.

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Opponents of the disengagement battling security forces in Kfar Darom, August 2005.Credit: Reuters

Ten years ago next week, on August 15, 2005, Israel began to withdraw the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian inhabitants of 21 settlements from the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Disengagement, as it became known, also included the evacuation of four settlements in the West Bank.

It was a traumatic time for the country. The dramatic scenes of distraught settlers being dragged from their homes and the destruction of buildings and greenhouses remain embedded in the national memory.

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An IDF tank on the border of the Gaza Strip in July 2014.Credit: Nir Keidar
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C), Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (R) and then-IDF chief Benny Gantz during Operation Protective Edge ,July 30, 2014. Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO
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Girlfriend of Israeli soldier Tal Yifrah mourns as his comrades carry his flag-covered coffin during his funeral in Rishon Letzion near Tel Aviv, July 22, 2014.Credit: Reuters

To mark the 10th anniversary of the disengagement, Haaretz is republishing four articles from a supplement published shortly after event.

In The Metamorphosis of Ariel Sharon, Aluf Benn – now editor-in-chief of Haaretz – explained how the former builder, architect and political patron of the settlements become the person who ordered them to be bulldozed.

Yair Ettinger, who spent the five months leading up to the disengagement living in Gush Katif, described the surreal experience in Save the Last Dance for Me.

In A Gush of Southern Sympathy, Daniel Ben Simon explored the unlikely alliance between the residents of the poor development towns of southern Israel and their Gush Katif neighbors.

And Amira Hass examined the meaning and implications of the withdrawal for the Palestinians in After the Disengagement, a Palestinian After-Party.