I spotted this and it bothered me:-
why is no one agitating on their [the Gush Katif expellees] behalf? Certainly inertia, and emergencies such as Iran, have played a role. But it seems to me, more fundamentally, that they are being used as political pawns.
The right, though theoretically sympathetic, has a vested interest in keeping them unsettled. A two-state solution will depend on evacuation of some West Bank settlements. But as long as the Gaza settlers remain neglected, no one can expect settlers from Judea and Samaria to leave their homes for "Israel proper", on the basis of a few government promises.
Miriam, may I challenge you on this? Political pawns? Really, now.
MKs from the right-of-center parties have been desperately attempting to lobby the various government ministries, Knesset committees, the press, etc. to get these people into permanent homes, regular employment, etc. And they have had some minor successes.
A woman from my home of Shiloh went down to the Nitzan Caravilla site to serve as school principal. Other social workers have volunteered beyond the normal services extended to the expellees. The press has been bombarded with stories with the object of getting things aright. Monies have been donated. Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimmon of Alon Shvut has set up a Gush Katif employment agency, JobKatif and was recognized by President Shimon Peres.
There is much more I could detail but I really think you erred on this one. We are not like the Arabs who have kept their "refugees" in camps for 60+ years. One success, Maskiyot, for 20 families from Shirat HaYam even made headlines (albeit due to the location of the new community).
You were wrong on this and misleading. Why you penned this viewpoint is beyond me.