Former IDF deputy chief of staff Dan Harel told Channel 2 in an
interview on Saturday that the manner in which Israel undertook the
disengagement from Gaza was a mistake.
Harel justified Israel's territorial withdrawal from the Strip during
the interview saying, "I'm not surprised that the Hamas's power
disengagement." He continued, "In the past, I called [Gaza] Hamastan,
today I say it
is the epitome of Iran. There are 1.5 million Arabs in the Strip, and
the question is do we want to be there or not - I, as a citizen, think
we don't need to be there."
However, Harel acknowledged that the manner in which the Israeli
government undertook the disengagement did not bring the desired
"Based on past experience, unilateral steps like [the Gaza Disengagement] are mistakes," he added.
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