Minister Breaks Down During Remembrance of Gush Katif

YERUSHALAYIM -
Children who were evacuated from Gush Katif when they were four years old create a human chain with yellow ribbons as part of their learning about the disengagement.
Children who were evacuated from Gush Katif when they were four years old create a human chain with yellow ribbons as part of their learning about the disengagement.

While speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the forced evacuation of the communities of Gush Katif, Housing Minister Uri Ariel was overcome and was forced to interrupt his remarks in order to regain his composure.

Ariel tried to explain the tragedy, saying, “If you don’t believe that Eretz Yisrael belongs to you, you can make concessions, you can evacuate [people from their homes].”

The Jewish Home minister lamented the insensitivity and unresponsiveness of government officials. He recalled that at the time, he had picked up the phone and called them to plead on behalf of the Jewish communities that were to be uprooted, but to no avail.

“How can it be?” he asked tearfully. “How can they be so unfeeling?”

Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel. (Flash 90)
Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel. (Flash 90)