Prior to Begin's taking over as Israel's Prime Minister, everybody had expected him to annex all of YESHA and the Sinai. We were psyching ourselves up for it in great excitement. Others were dreading it, but it had been expected. That's what he had been elected to do. And it would have had been accepted, perhaps grudgingly, but it would have been. Such an act as the result of a defensive war, when the victors find themselves with more land than at the start, the land goes to the victor.
When Arik Sharon and Ehud Olmert suddenly transformed into Jewish town-destroying Leftists I knew for sure that democracy was just one big con game. Disengagement, Sharon's decision to unilaterally, which means doing it for nothing--getting nothing in return, withdraw from Gush Katif and a section of Northern Samaria made absolutely no sense. And here we are almost a decade later still trying to make sense out of it.
The Likud Party, which Sharon headed did not campaign promising or even hinting at Disengagement. People who voted for Likud, in Israel you vote for a political party, not individuals, hadn't a clue that they were going to get a policy diametrically opposed to the campaign promises.
Not in their worst nightmares did Likud voters think they were voting for people who were planning on destroying Jewish life in Gush Katif.
I'm sure that many of them (I did not vote Likud) remembered Menachem Begin promising that his Sinai withdrawal would prevent further withdrawals. It would protect Jewish Life in Judea and Samaria. All it did was to grease the engine and give Arik Sharon experience in bulldozing Jewish homes.
Some of the communities in Gush Katif were davka established as a memorial for the destroyed communities of Northern Sinai. I remember hearing that they were guaranteed to exist forever as a "compensation."
Politicians need certain skills to get elected. They must get people to trust and like them, and that is true in any democracy.
The problem is that once elected and we discover that we've been "had," we can't can't "undo" as if it's a computer game. I can replay free cell or spider solitaire over and over until I win. We can't do that we our politicians. We can't go back and re-vote after discovering that we'd made a mistake.
We need a better system. Where's Shmuel Hanavi, Samuel the Prophet when you need him?