Photo Credit: Samaria Regional Council
Minister Orit Struck and Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan(2nd & 3rd from left) with local residents of Homesh March 21, 2023.

Israeli lawmakers in the Knesset plenum voted Wednesday to approve cancelation of the Disengagement Law in northern Samaria. The residents of four Israeli towns in the region were expelled from their homes during the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, along with those living in the Gush Katif region.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has instructed his staff to implement the new law in Sa-Nur, Ganim and Kedim as well as in Homesh, which has long been the site of resettlement efforts by former residents and others.


The move followed a lengthy discussion between Gallant, Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, and IDF officials.

“After the Knesset passage of the law canceling the disengagement and at the end of the work done by IDF headquarters, we were able to complete the historic move,” Gallant said in a statement.

“The Jewish hold on Judea and Samaria guarantees security. Implementation of the law to cancel the disengagement will lead to the development of settlements and provide security to the residents of the area,” he said.

“I thank the head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan for the push and commitment to the issue. Just as I have acted in all my positions in the governments of Israel – I will continue to develop the settlements in Judea and Samaria, to strengthen the security elements and the security of the citizens on roads and in settlements,’ Gallant pledged.

“This is a historic moment of historical correction – necessary for the State of Israel in terms of values and security of the first order, certainly after 10/7,” Dagan noted.

“The State of Israel today corrected in a state and official manner the injustice and folly of the expulsion from northern Samaria. I congratulate the Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant for the worthy and valuable decision for the State of Israel and Major General Yehuda Fox for signing this important amendment.

“Together, in the name of the entire people of Israel, we struggled to repair the deep national wound of the expulsion of the residents of northern Samaria.

The disengagement was folly and after the October 7th massacre, everyone understands that even more,” Dagan said.

“The Knesset enacted the law to erase this disgrace, this impure deportation law … The law was initially implemented with the signing of the general’s decree on Homesh and has now been applied to all other settlements,” Dagan said.

“There is nothing more correct, even on a value level, because this is our land and it is impossible for there to be a law on the books that forbids Jews to be in the Land of Israel and certainly on a strategic level after October 7; it is clear to everyone that where there is settlement there is security, where there is no settlement there is terror,” Dagan pointed out.

“Abolishing the disengagement law in its entirety is the first step on the way to the full amendment,” he added. “I congratulate Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and all members of the government for this Zionist and correct decision.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.