The world applauded Israel for withdrawing from Gaza after a 38 year occupation.
In part it was something of an excellent pr exercise. The reality is obviously something quite different - as reported in this article in the latimes.com:
"The Israeli decision to unilaterally shut down Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip last summer was a milestone that virtually ended a 38-year occupation of this densely populated finger of farming villages and slums on the shores of the Mediterranean. Yet in the last few weeks, it has become clear that the fighting is far from over and that Israel is not entirely disengaged".
Read the full article here - and ponder where all the issues with the so-called withdrawal from Gaza, the continued expansion of settlements in the West Bank and the restrictions Israel is placing on Hamas [following the recent Palestinian election] are leading to.