Speaking Truth on Gaza by Michael Curtis, and other articles

Excerpts: All should take account of the facts. Israel, then led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. All Israeli residents, 9,000 people in 21 settlements, were withdrawn, but most of the Israeli greenhouses were left for the Palestinians to use. Israeli occupation of the area ended, and except for air space and territorial waters; control since then has been in the hands of Palestinians, at first the Palestinian Authority and since 2007 Hamas. The Palestinian population of Gaza grew from 230,000 in 1967 to 1.7 million in 2014.

The consequences of that withdrawal apparently are unknown to both the relentless critics of Israel and those who profess moral equivalence in the current crisis. Palestinians in Gaza vandalized and then destroyed synagogues, and looted the greenhouses given to them by Israel. Minutes after the full Israeli withdrawal the onslaught of rockets against Israel began with attacks on Sderot and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Between 2001 and 2005 Palestinians fired 1272 rockets; in 2006 alone there were 1,777. Between 2006 and 2013, 9,458 rockets were fired.