Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Remembering the disengagement

Next time one of those pie in the sky two-state solution types starts talking land for peace remember this – Jerusalem Post:
Three-and-a-half years after Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, two-thirds of the 8,500 evacuees are still living in temporary housing sites, and the move-in date for their permanent housing is still far off, according to a report filed Wednesday by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.

In response, the Knesset's State Control Committee decided to form an official committee of inquiry to investigate shortcomings and failures in the treatment and resettlement of the evacuees.

Lindenstrauss's report found serious deficiencies and delays in dealing with permanent housing solutions. A total of 95 percent of the Jewish former Gaza residents who had requested to join "communal housing" similar to the makeup of their settlement communities remain without permanent housing, the report found.

In all, two-thirds of the Gaza evacuees have asked to be resettled in such communities."The evicted families paid a heavy price following the disengagement, and continue to pay it even today," the report states. "The process of relocating them could still take years."

The Gaza Strip represented less than 9,000 Israelis and the government of Israeli has yet to fully compensate or arrange permanent housing solutions going on four years later. The Golan Heights is approximately double that number, and the disputed territories represents, at minimum - 25 times the number of Gush Katif refugees. Dismantling the settlements is an unworkable solution.

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