Commission will study Gaza evacuee handling

A Knesset committee has approved a commission to study the handling of Israeli evacuees from the Gaza Strip since the 2005 withdrawal.

The State Control Committee voted 9-3 to approve the commission of inquiry into the evacuees from Gush Katif Wednesday, nearly three years after the disengagement.

 

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss supported the formation of the commission. “This isn’t a political issue,” he said, “It affects everyone.”

 

State Control Committee Chairman Zevulun Orlev of the National Union-National Religious Party, said the commission was needed because “the government expelled 10,000 people from their homes and abandoned them.”

Meretz lawmaker Avshalom Vilan expressed concern that the establishment of such a commission would set a precedent for future evacuations. He called the vote in favor of the commission “cheap populism.”

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