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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Return Gaza to the Stone Age
Israel must destroy the arsenal Hamas has built up over the past decade. The only way to do this: an extensive ground operation.
The Gaza Strip must be returned to the Stone
Age. Not in the sense of destroying every home and all the
infrastructure, which would leave Gaza residents wandering among ruins.
Rather, Israel should eliminate every rocket, bomb and gun in Gaza. In
other words, get rid of the arsenal Hamas has accumulated over the past
10 years. The snake must be defanged, leaving Hamas without rockets. The
most it would have left would be stones.
There is only one way to do this -- an
extensive ground operation. This must be carried out with determination
and clenched lips, with the knowledge that this is a war of no choice.
Over the past decade, intentionally or
negligently, Israeli governments have allowed Gaza to turn into a terror
base. There have been military operations and targeted assassinations,
yet Gaza terror groups, led by Hamas, have nevertheless been able, via
both smuggling from outside Gaza and internal production, to build up
stockpiles of rockets. This has created a "balance of terror" between
Israel, with its large and sophisticated army and air force, and Hamas,
armed with several thousand rockets. Israeli deterrence has been eroded
by Hamas' ability to strike the central Gush Dan area.
This is an intolerable situation, yet it has
become a fact. Given the current circumstances, the time has come to
change this reality. Restoring quiet would not be enough. Rather, Israel
must return Hamas to a situation in which the most it can do is throw
stones. This is how it was when Hamas was founded, in Gaza, during the
First Intifada. But since then, particularly over the past 10 years,
Hamas equipped itself with long-range rockets. It would take only 10
days to return Hamas to the Stone Age.
The current crisis began with horrible
kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens last month. This was
followed by the revolting killing of the Arab teen, after which the
violence in Gaza and its surrounding area began. Three and a half weeks
passed between the start of the crisis and the launch of Operation
Protective Edge. On one hand, the government could perhaps be praised
for the levelheadedness, restraint and sound judgment it exhibited
before ordering the Israel Defense Forces to launch Operation Protective
Edge. On the other hand, the government could perhaps be questioned
over why it took so long for it to give such a necessary order.
But on Monday, the order was given. Thousands
of reserve soldiers have been called up. Our forces are preparing. The
Israeli Air Force is attacking. And Hamas is continuing to do what it
There are moments in the life of a nation when
history is made. This could be such a moment, if we utilize it. This
time, the method must be different -- no pinpricks or surgical strikes,
but rather a massive concentration of force.
Instead of battalions or brigades, whole
divisions must march shoulder to shoulder, moving forward like a
steamroller, slowly but also very powerfully. Anyone familiar with
military history knows how this method works. It has been used
successfully in the past. Not on the "modern battlefield," but the
battlefields of old. A massive concentration of force covering every
meter of the front, rolling into Gaza, destroying all points of
resistance, blowing up every tunnel and eliminating the entire terrorist
arsenal there. After completing the mission, the force will pull out.
Such an operation would enjoy the support of
the Israeli public, including residents of the south, who have suffered
enough, and residents of the center and the north, who are now being
threatened by the long-range rockets of Hamas.
The task assigned to our forces must be much more than
"returning the quiet." The order must be to eliminate Hamas' ability to
threaten us. And when our forces depart Gaza, they must leave Hamas, or
what remains of it, back in the Stone Age.