|FAQ # 5 - Questions about Disengagement|
Who opposes or supports Disengagement in Gush Katif/the Gaza Strip?
The IDF and the Israel Police Force are planning both the civilian and military departure from Gush Katif and the 4 settlements in northern Samaria. In civilian terms, much depends on how many residents agree to depart peacefully, how many external protesters impede Disengagement, and how many residents refuse to leave – including the nature of that opposition. While many residents have decided to move on with regret and bitter feelings, others have declared they will fight Disengagement within the law; a vocal minority has decided to fight Disengagement beyond the law, too. The residents also claim that the Plan was not democratically legislated, that their lives and ideas are being delegitimized in the Israeli media and deprived of their right to protest.
Positions on Disengagement
Will Israel leave the buildings or destroy them?
Another question is about the buildings and infrastructure that will remain after Disengagement. While religious facilities and cemeteries will be relocated, and security facilities will be demolished, it would be environmentally and diplomatically unwise to demolish housing and social or educational facilities, as well as looking bad on TV. These and the infrastructure will be left behind. However, Israel has not found an intermediary purchaser for the real estate and has serious concerns that terrorists and other powerful interests or figures in the PA will simply take them over.
Who's managing Disengagement?
A separate Authority [SELA] was established within the Prime Minister's Office to operate the consent, compensation and relocation procedures
How is it going to happen?
This is addressed in the Chapter on Details of Disengament, but there is also a good overview in this Haaretz Article: Security forces complete plans for pullout.
The military withdrawal involves more complex Security arrangements and these are addressed separately.