The community of Shavei Darom, comprised of refugees from the Jewish Gaza community of Kfar Darom who have relocated to Nir Akiva, near the western Negev communities of Sderot and Netivot, held a day of thanksgiving, Sunday, to mark the miracles that accompanied them during their years in Gush Katif before they were uprooted by the Israeli government in the Disengagement of 2005. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of an attempted car bombing of a school bus, which was prevented when a military jeep got in the way, resulting in the death of soldier Asher Alexei Naikov. Residents of the community maintain close contact with his family.
Deputy Education Minister Avit Wortzman toured the community. He said, "Especially on a day like today, on which another terrorist tunnel is discovered in the area of the [Gaza] Strip and terrorist attack pursues terrorist attack, it's hard not to suffer the uprooting of Gush Katif. There's no doubt that a civilian and military presence in the region would reduce the ability of terrorist organizations to progress into Israeli territory to attack soldiers and innocent civilians. Meeting with residents of Kfar Darom strengthens my spirit and the belief that settlement and growth are the best response to people who wish to destroy us."