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14 - The Resurgence of Unilateralism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 December 2020

Amnon Aran
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City University London
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Chapter 14 is devoted to the resurgence of unilateralism during Ariel Sharon’s second government. It provides new information on the decision-making process leading to Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza Strip in August 2005.The account exposes how Sharon and his circle of confidants secured the support of the USA and Egypt before informing the Israeli government, the security network, and the Israeli public of the plan to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip.This prompted significant opposition within the security network and a fierce political response from within Sharon’s own party, Likud. The chapter examines how Sharon and his confidants overcame these domestic obstacles while liaising informally with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority on a successful unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. By way of a summary, the chapter outlines the consequences of disengagement, which included strengthening Israel’s grip on the West Bank, dividing the Palestinians and redrawing Israel’s southwest border.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Resurgence of Unilateralism
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.017
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  • The Resurgence of Unilateralism
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.017
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  • The Resurgence of Unilateralism
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.017
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