Disengagement Cost, So Far: Nearly NIS 10 Billion


gush-katifThe Tnufa organization, which had been responsible for assisting Jews who were thrown out of their homes in Gush Katif as a result of the 2005 disengagement, is set to close down in the coming weeks. On Sunday, Rabbi Ofir Cohen presented the government with the organization’s final report on its activities.

All told, the so-called Disengagement has cost Israel a whopping NIS 9,482,184,000 ($2,633,940,000) in resettlement costs for the 8,600 Jews thrown out of their homes in Gush Katif and northern Samaria. That works out to NIS 1,102,580 ($306,272) per person in resettlement costs and assistance in the eight years since the Disengagement took place. But costs are likely to continue climbing; 12% of the 1,404 families evicted in the Disengagement are still waiting to enter permanent housing, with 200 families still waiting for plots, permits, and funding to build their homes.

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{Matzav.com Israel}