This Week in History: The first disengagement

23.04.2011                      19.Nisan, 5771                      Chel Hamo'ed 3; Tag 4 des Omer

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This Week in History: The first disengagement

On April 23, 1982, after achieving peace with Egypt, Israel painfully evacuated the last of its settlements in the Sinai Peninsula – Yamit.

On April 23, 1982, just over three years after then-Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat signed a historic peace treaty between their two countries, Israel painfully evacuated the last of its settlements in the Sinai Peninsula – Yamit.
As stipulated in the 1979 peace treaty, Israel was required – within three years – to withdraw all of its 2,500 civilians and thousands of military personnel from the Sinai, which it had captured in the 1967 Six Day War. With three years notice as well as economic and relocation compensation packages provided by the government, most of the Israeli residents of Sinai had long departed before the April 1982 deadline approached. Many of the evacuees were voluntarily resettled in Gaza Strip settlements, built especially for them….