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HistoryCentral.com > World History > Middle East > 2005- Israel Removes Settlers from Gaza

2005- Israel Removes Settlers from Gaza

In August 2005 Israel unilaterally removed its settlements from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the Northern part of the West Bank. Israel's decision was driven by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, long considered a supporters of the settlers, who came to the conclusion that settlements were becoming a strategic burden. He believed that Israel would be better served by taking unilateral actions instead of holding protracted negotiations with the Palestinians. His actions were strongly opposed by many Israelis including those in his own party. Despite fears of widespread violence opposition to the withdrawal was largely limited to passive resistance.