From an article written by the Messianic Bible newsletter.
"We need only look at what happened after August 2005 when the Israeli government removed all military from the Gaza Strip and forced the removal of close to 10,000 Jewish residents from an area called Gush Katif to understand that wasted opportunity.
The Israelis left behind a virtual Gan Eden (Garden of Eden) of farms and businesses, all built on what had been sand dunes.
Gush Katif housed 21 settlements in the southern Gaza Strip. Its residents had produced 200 farms that together exported an average $200 million in produce each year, which represented 15 percent of the agricultural exports of the State of Israel.
The total assets of Gush Katif were valued at $23 billion. This small Jewish community accounted for 95 percent of Israel’s export to Europe of bug-free lettuce and greens; 70 percent of organic vegetables; 60 percent of cherry tomatoes; and 60 percent of geraniums.
Although the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed the homes of Jewish settlers when they left the area, synagogues, public buildings, factories and office buildings were left intact.
The businesses and especially the highly productive network of greenhouses were purchased by a foundation set up by the EU and heavily funded by former head of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, who left his post there in 2005 to become the Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement.
The Israeli developments were to be given to the Palestinian Authority so as to preserve the jobs of the Palestinians that had been working there.
Nevertheless, destruction followed.
After the evacuation of Gaza, the synagogues were immediately destroyed by Palestinian mobs and the greenhouses were heavily looted, although some were left intact.
Abu Abir, a member of the Popular Resistance Committee, a terrorist organization, is reported to have said, “The looting and burning of the synagogues was a great joy ... It was in an unplanned expression of happiness that these synagogues were destroyed.”
Would you want these folks as your neighbor? Especially if they were armed to the teeth? Would you give them a place in your home or apartment building knowing what they wanted to do? You want a solution? I'll give you a solution. It's known as the one State solution. It's called Israel.
Shalom uvracha b'Yeshua Rabbi Henry