Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza ten years ago was a strategic disaster. But it could have been much more devastating if the ideologues behind it had had their way.
Formally, the withdrawal was supposed to do two things. It was supposed to strengthen Israel’s diplomatic position vis-à-vis the US and Europe by demonstrating Israel’s commitment to Palestinian statehood, and it was supposed to enhance Israel’s security by redeploying the IDF along more defensible lines. Neither argument for the withdrawal was particularly plausible. But due to the media’s lockstep support for it, neither was seriously challenged….