EXCERPT….The Disengagement was not an end in itself

The following quote is near the middle of BANISHED. I feel it is a pivotal paragraph in the story. It speaks about the essence of why it is important to save Gush Katif and make sure no more land is abdicated in the future. This except takes place in Yitzhar, near the site of the picture below with me standing with Yossi Pilant, the first soldier to be arrested and sentenced to four weeks in jail, for refusing orders in the pre-Disengagement days.

The Disengagement was not an end in itself. It was a component in the process of establishing an Arab state – which would include the hilltop where Gilad stood. The tiny Jewish state is one eight hundredth the size of the twenty Arab countries that surround it. Regarded as a pebble in their collective sandal. Why do they need another state? One that would not be self sufficient? If not to rid themselves of that pebble. A new Arab state, established in the midst of the Jewish homeland – a land that was never home to the so-called Palestinian people


The Disengagement was not an end in itself. It was a component in the process of establishing an Arab state – which would include the hilltop where Gilad stood. The tiny Jewish state is one eight hundredth the size of the twenty Arab countries that surround it. Regarded as a pebble in their collective sandal. Why do they need another state? One that would not be self sufficient? If not to rid themselves of that pebble. A new Arab state, established in the midst of the Jewish homeland – a land that was never home to the so-called Palestinian people The Disengagement was not an end in itself. It was a component in the process of establishing an Arab state – which would include the hilltop where Gilad stood. The tiny Jewish state is one eight hundredth the size of the twenty Arab countries that surround it. Regarded as a pebble in their collective sandal. Why do they need another state? One that would not be self sufficient? If not to rid themselves of that pebble. A new Arab state, established in the midst of the Jewish homeland – a land that was never home to the so-called Palestinian people The Disengagement was not an end in itself. It was a component in the process of establishing an Arab state – which would include the hilltop where Gilad stood. The tiny Jewish state is one eight hundredth the size of the twenty Arab countries that surround it. Regarded as a pebble in their collective sandal. Why do they need another state? One that would not be self sufficient? If not to rid themselves of that pebble. A new Arab state, established in the midst of the Jewish homeland – a land that was never home to the so-called Palestinian people