This article analyzes Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005. It argues that ideological change within the right-wing Likud Party generated support for partition of the Land of Israel that was a vital prerequisite to the Sharon government's adoption of the Gaza disengagement plan. Although international and domestic pressures were important in determining certain elements of the withdrawal, these pressures did not dictate the policy of disengagement.

Jonathan Rynhold and Dov Waxman, 'Ideological Change and Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza' Political Science Quarterly 123(1) 2008

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