Daniel Schueftan - Policy Advisor

Policy Advisor

For over 30 years, Schueftan has served as "a consultant to Israeli decision-makers and to the top echelon of Israel's foreign policy and defense establishments," also briefing European and American political leaders and senior officers. He is also the author of several books on contemporary Middle Eastern history.

Schueftan is credited with having advanced the concept of "unilateral disengagement" or "unilateral separation", as articulated in his 1999 book, "Disengagement: Israel and the Palestinian Entity" (in Hebrew, Korah Hahafrada: Yisrael Ve Harashut Hafalestinit). The book is cited as having formed the basis for the concept of Separation from the Palestinians.

In Schueftan's view, Israel's unilateral disengagement from Gaza is only a first step in a wider historical process. He told The Jerusalem Report in September 2005 that:

"I can even pin dates on it. In 2007 or 2008 we will have another major disengagement in the West Bank. And within a decade, we will unilaterally repartition Jerusalem along lines we will unilaterally select ... What Israelis have understood - and this is the underlying feature of the disengagement - is that we need to leave Gaza and Nablus, not because it will bring peace, but because there will be perpetual terror. We need to leave Gaza and Nablus because Israel with them is weaker than Israel without them."

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