Avi Farchan, who was expelled by the government in 2005 from Elei Sinai in northern Gaza, said Sunday that the uprooting of the Jewish community in what is now the Hamas-controlled area defeated the purpose it was supposed to serve. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, the reserves lieutenant colonel recalled how he told every opinion shaper he could, from ministers to reporters, that his home would become a launching pad for terrorist rockets. He said then chief of staff Shaul Mofaz told him that the move was intended to reduce the number of soldiers in the Gaza area. Farchan noted that now there are ten times the number of troops in the area and the country is spending millions on defensive measures dictated by Gaza-based terror.
Farchan said military action in response to the latest wave of terror is not enough. What is needed is a return to control of the area, even if it brings condemnation, because it will bring security. He said that military efforts have to be accompanied by information efforts, but expressed concern that such efforts would only take place after a major tragedy, warning that attacks could hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as the south.