The Institute for Zionist Strategies has published a research study investigating whether the 2005 Disengagement plan – that ten years ago expelled all Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza and four towns in northern Samaria – achieved the stated goals of initiators of the plan.
Researcher Adi Arbel spoke with Arutz Sheva to explain the findings of the research.
According to Arbel, of the various issues that then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other leaders of the Disengagement said would be accomplished by the move, "none of those issues were achieved."
In terms of the demographic issue, Arbel noted that the argument was made that the Arab population of Gaza would somehow be considered a different group than those in Judea and Samaria, thereby splitting the Arab demand for a country in Israel.
"All over the world people count Gazan Arabs as part of the Palestinians, and the term is 'from the (Mediterranean) sea to the Jordan (river),'" he said, explaining how the argument of dividing the Arab populations failed.
The world doesn't care that Israel left Gaza, said Arbel, stating that Israel is still considered to be responsible for it "even though not one Jew is left there."
When it comes to the security issue, he pointed out that more Israeli citizens are now at risk, and currently several are indeed held captive by Hamas.
Without Jews present in Gaza, the terrorists now have a freer hand to fire rockets at major Israeli cities with ease, as seen in last summer's war.
In terms of diplomacy, international pressure was supposed to move to the "Palestinian side" due to the Disengagement, noted Arbel.
However, he remarked on how that pressure has decidedly remained focused against Israel, and that the process didn't legitimize "settlement blocs," with promises to do so having yet to bear fruit.