Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unable to achieve a satisfactory ceasefire agreement without having to commit ground forces, was forced to send in the troops; here IDF APCs maneuver outside the northern Gaza Strip, July 18.
(photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)
It is now nine years since then-prime minister Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement ” from Gaza, a euphemism for the uprooting of 10,000 people from their land and the destruction of their homes.The thanks Sharon got for his gesture to the Palestinians were barrages of Hamas rockets fired at towns and villages in southern Israel. Before the withdrawal, Hamas had targeted mostly the settlers in Gaza’s Gush Katif. Since then it has progressively extended the range of the areas under attack.