The Gaza Strip: Past, present and possible future


November 10, 2023

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Residents resist during the forced evacuation of Kibbutz Kfar Darom in Gush Katif during the Gaza Disengagement, Aug. 18, 2005.

(JNS) - The Gaza Strip is a complex piece of land that has been at the center of disputes in the Land of Israel dating back thousands of years. The roughly 40-kilometer-long (24.9 miles) coastal enclave lies at the core of the current war between Israel and Hamas. The roots of the conflict can be traced back to the foundation of the State of Israel; now at a boiling point, it is causing myriad deaths.

The population of Gaza has risen from around 185,000 in 1948 to more than 2 million today - a point critical to understanding how it has changed over the decades.

Following Israel's victory a...

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