Thus prompted, I decided to check out what I wrote about disengagement from Gaza at the time. Here is what I said:
Natanyahu [who had just resigned from the government in protest of leaving Gaza] is correct on the merits of the pull-out. The notion that Israel somehow is better off with Hamas in charge of Gaza is odd enough that the pull-out would make little sense even if Israel had received something in return, which it did not. Cal Thomas may be over-dramatic is seeing the pull-out as the beginning of the end for Israel, but it could well be the beginning of a new round of big trouble.
Actually, it turned out to be the beginning of several rounds of big trouble, with more, probably, to come.
I hadn’t remembered that Netanyahu left the government in protest of the pull-out. In explaining his opposition to exiting Gaza, Netanyahu said he fears the pullout will turn Gaza into a “base of Islamic terror” and endanger Israel.
Ironically, but not altogether surprisingly, he is now left to deal with the consequences of the ill-advised, fuzzy-headed decision he opposed (albeit not entirely consistently).