May 30, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Why Yamit Was Razed (and what it cost us)

The prospect of evaucating settlements in Gaza recalls the razing of the settlement of Yamit in the Sinai desert. In Ha'aretz, Danny Rubinstein discusses the new memoir by Israel's then-ambassador to Egypt, and reveals that while Sharon controlled the bulldozer, it was Prime Minister Menachem Begin who made the decision.
One way or another, the razing of the homes in the Yamit bloc was perceived for a long time by the Egyptians as proof of the way the State of Israel viewed the peace treaty. The Egyptian press reported on the scorched earth that Israel leaves behind.