The disengagement was a denial of Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael; it was part of an anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish and anti-democratic plan of unilateral withdrawal that began with Oslo, continued with the retreat from South Lebanon and is exemplified by the arbitrary and discriminatory destruction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.

Had Israeli leaders learned something from these mistakes, it would make the sacrifices bearable. Instead, they pursue the same policies, as if nothing had happened.

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But we are not helpless. We can resist brainwashing and resignation by supporting Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem. We can insist that Eretz Yisrael is the national homeland of the Jewish people with Jerusalem as our spiritual and national capital.

We will not be broken.

That is the meaning of Gush Katif today.

Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem.

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Moshe Dann, Ph.D., is a writer and journalist. His book of short stories, “As Far As the Eye Can See,” was published last year by the New English Review Press.
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