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Thursday, July 06, 2006

'It was all a bluff' - Former residents of Northern Gaza speak out

This afternoon, the Jerusalem Post interviewed some of the former residents of Elei Sinai, Dugit and Nisanit. One of those interviewed was Avi Farhan, who came to live in Northern Gaza in 1982, after being expelled from his home in Yamit (in the Northern Sinai).
"Today the only thing I can say is that I feel embarrassed, the government promised that the Gaza withdrawal would provide security but it was all a bluff.

"We were one of the first families that settled in northern Gaza, having arrived in 1982 after we were evacuated from Yamit in Sinai. We want to go home. This mistake must be fixed.

"People have to understand that these settlements of northern Gaza were never Arab territory and until 1967 were under the control of the United Nations. Dugit and Elei Sinai are situated on a high hilltop ridge which is like a buffer zone for the Ashkelon region, whereas the Nisanit ridge controls the Beit Hanon region and defends the western Negev and Sderot.

"Yesterday I sent a letter to the prime minister in which I wrote that it was time to fix the mistake and retake control of the buffer zone that was abandoned. The Palestinians need to understand that they have things that they could lose.

"The only way to reestablish our deterrence is to show that there are concessions which can be reversed. In the northern Gaza settlements, all the infrastructure still exists and all we would have to do is rebuild our homes."

Read the whole thing.


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