OPPONENTS OF the disengagement plan from Gaza confront Border Police at the synagogue in the settlement of Kfar Darom in August 2005..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Marking a decade since the withdrawal from Gaza, Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Gush Katif and Northern Samaria Commemoration Center (Katif Center), located in the caravan park in Nitzan, on Tuesday.
Bennett toured the facility, north of Ashkelon, and viewed the poster exhibit, marking the anniversary. He also met with students from abroad, visiting the country on an Israel Experience trip.
Bennett spoke with the students about the impact the disengagement has had on Israel.
“Those who seek to understand why Israel’s position in the world has been damaged: Come to the town of Gush Katif evacuees and remember. This is the reason and this week saw the results. The terrorist flotilla [the most recent Gaza protest flotilla], that is the result of the disengagement, the UN [Human Rights Council] report, that is the result of the disengagement, and that Palestinians think that by killing and murdering they will expel us from here – that is the result and that is the price we pay every day.”
He added, “Whoever runs from terrorism, terrorism pursues him. Today terrorists live in the homes of Gush Katif residents, in their greenhouses sit rockets. There is no country in the world that would agree to do such an injustice to its citizens, and we will never let it happen again.”
The Katif Center was established to tell the story of the 25 communities of Gush Katif and northern Samaria that were evacuated in 2005 and to present their national and educational values for future generations.
The visitor center tells the story of Gush Katif, including its establishment, coping with terrorism, and the displacement.