In 2005, 21 Jewish communities in Gaza were unilaterally dismantled, and the Israelis residing there were forcefully evacuated by the IDF, some at gunpoint. The proposal to evict the Israelis was put forth in 2003 by the then Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, and was subsequently endorsed by the government in June 2004. It received approval from the Knesset in February 2005 and was formalised as the Disengagement Plan Implementation Law.
After reviewing the data, I believe that the Israeli government's experiment, aimed at determining whether forcibly evicting Israeli citizens from their homes and granting those homes, and all of the homes and businesses and the land known as Gaza to Arab terrorists, would lead to their transformation into upstanding citizens, has yielded a substantial amount of data and demonstrable results that convincingly suggest otherwise.
This experiment has, therefore, reached its conclusion.
That brings us to 2023, a year that began with 29 Jewish victims of Arab terrorism. But on the 7th of October 2023, during Shabbat and at the conclusion of the seven-day-long festival of Sukkot, we, the Jewish people, were tragically reminded that our government's experiment with the Arab terrorists in Gaza, Judea and Samaria was still gathering data.
Exactly 50 years after the start of the Yom Kippur War, thousands of Arab terrorists in Gaza launched an unprovoked attack against Israel, resulting in the loss of more than 1,400 innocent Israeli lives (השם יקום דמם) and severe injuries to over 4,000 Jewish people.
These Arab terrorists murdered men, women and children. They raped women and girls and they beheaded children and infants and this brutal assault spared no one, including the elderly and survivors of the Shoah. Shockingly, nearly 200 Israelis, including small children, have been kidnapped and are now being held hostage in Gaza by these savages, and one can only imagine the depth of suffering experienced by these captives.
We do not have a final tally for the Israelis murdered in 2023 to date because data in the government's experiment is still being collected.