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(photo credit: Yakov Ben-Avraham)
government "failed in its handling of the Gush Katif settlers," according to a final report released by the
Mazza inquiry into the resettlement of the former Gaza Strip settlers on
The findings showed that the government had expected most evacuees to accept compensation and was taken by surprise when 85 percent of the evacuees elected to relocate as a community. However, the commission of
inquiry found that the government was inadequately prepared to
resettle whole communities, resulting in mishandling of the evacuees.
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About 1,900 families from 21 Gaza settlements and four in northern Samaria were evacuated during Disengagement in August 2005.
The report went on to say that the settlers had subsequently "become refugees in their own
country" and "faced major bureaucratic hurdles" in rebuilding their
Five years after the evacuation, unemployment levels among
the former settlers were found to be twice the national level, and many were still
living in temporary accommodations. Public buildings have not been
erected for their use, despite the fact that many evacuees have now moved to permanent abodes.
The inquiry found the settlers had contributed to the failures by their
mistrust and refusal to properly cooperate with the
agency set up to
care for them.
The report warned that Israel may face similar resettlement challenges
in the future, not just for political reasons but also following natural
"State Commission of Inquiry into the Handling by
Authorities of the Evacuees from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria"
was established in 2009 and headed by a retired supreme court justice,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the members of the
commission that he would continue to work intensively in order to
implement the recommendations of the report: "Our goal is to bring each
one of the evacuees into their permanent homes; this is our obligation
as a government. All those involved need to study its conclusions. We
will not tolerate foot-dragging."
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