Palestinian Territories. Israeli soldiers removed the last Jewish settlers and protesters from the Gaza Strip August 22 and have moved on to the final stages of the withdrawal: clearing out four small settlements in the West Bank. Some parts of Gaza and the West Bank were under Palestinian control before the withdrawal; after the Israelis leave, the area formerly occupied by the settlements will fall under Palestinian control.
Within Gaza itself, there is nothing to debate: the past 10 years were an unmitigated catastrophe. In that time, its 1. A blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt means residents cannot import many basic construction materials to rebuild.
GAZA — After more than three weeks of fighting, Israeli troops completed their withdrawal from Gaza early on Wednesday, the military said, but residents reported the continued sound of what they said was naval gunfire in the waters off the Mediterranean coastline here. The troops did not go far: they were redeployed on the perimeter of the war-battered enclave, where more than 1, Palestinians died in the Israeli campaign against Hamasthe Islamist group that runs Gaza. Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, also died during the day offensive, according to military officials.
Now we have to ask what our interest is. We have to find a path that leaves us not in control of other people. Daum pressed on.
Despite the disengagement, the Gaza Strip is still considered by the United Nationsinternational human rights organisations and most legal scholars to be under military occupation by Israel,  though this is disputed by Israel and other legal scholars. The disengagement was proposed in by Prime Minister Ariel Sharonadopted by the government in Juneapproved by the Knesset in February and enacted in August Israeli citizens who refused to accept government compensation packages and voluntarily vacate their homes prior to the August 15, deadline, were evicted by Israeli security forces over a period of several days.
Rami Almeghari. Sharon discusses plans for temporary housing of settlers being 'evacuated' from the Gaza Strip [Getty]. Date of publication: 15 August,
The Israel disengagement was unilateral, and was not the result of negotiations with the Palestinians. The disengagement plan was first proposed in Decemberby Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a long-time advocate for settlements, in a policy address to the annual Herzylia Conference. Sharon argued that in the absence of a serious Palestinian peace partner and amidst ongoing Palestinian terrorismIsrael needed to take unilateral steps to ensure its own security and improve conditions on the ground.
The Israeli government began its planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip Monday amid mass protests from defiant Jewish settlers. Two Midde East experts discuss the impact of the Gaza withdrawal on the Israelis and Palestinians who live there. At midnight, the gates came down and the Gaza settlements were officially off limits to Israeli citizens. In Jerusalem, large crowds gathered in front of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office to protest the planned pullout.
Five years after then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon embarked on a landmark withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the disengagement continues to dominate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although disengagement enjoyed broad support at the time, almost no one calls it a success today. The Israeli right says it has been proved correct: The government never should have given up land without getting something in return.
Thousands of Palestinians rushed into the area that used to be the Jewish settlements in Gaza, and burned at least four synagogues. Nigel Roberts of the World Bank tells Renee Montagne about rebuilding prospects and obstacles to economic recovery. The Palestinian Authority must grapple with issues such as electricity, security, water rights and housing for Gaza's new residents.