Skip to comments.Analysis: Netanyahu talks of demilitarization as rocket barrage continues
Posted on 07/15/2014 10:23:04 PM PDT by Star Traveler
Tuesday was a roller coaster day that started with talk of a cease-fire, and ended with fire that would not cease.
In the early hours of the day, however, when it appeared at least in theory as if the Egyptian- brokered cease-fire might lead to an end to Hamass rockets and Operation Protective Edge, diplomatic officials said that the security cabinet agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.
The idea of a demilitarized Gaza Strip is an idea that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his spokesmen began talking about last week, and that he has raised in his numerous conversations over the last few days with leaders from around the world.
Netanyahu, by design, has kept the goals of the recent Gaza campaign modest.
Unlike his foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman, he never spoke about taking over Gaza or toppling Hamas but rather of restoring quiet and delivering a severe blow to Hamass infrastructure.
But what, exactly, does delivering a severe blow to Hamass infrastructure mean? In addition to knocking out command centers, rockets, storehouses and factories where the rockets can be produced, it means keeping Hamas from being able to rearm once this round ends.
Or, in other words, it means demilitarizing Gaza.
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I support Netanyahu.
great idea : 100% disarmed Palestinians , Israeli controlled Gaza tv , demilitarized zone . They don’t like it ? Move to ISIS territory.
Anyone counting on international efforts to demilitarize Gaza should, however, remember UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
That resolution included a clause stipulating that the area from the Israeli border to the Litani River be free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon.
And the result: Before the war Hezbollah had some 6,000 missiles; today that number is estimated at more than 60,000.
My "demilitarization plan" would therefore be:
Starting at the border, for every rocket Hamas fires into Israel, Israel bulldozes a path 1 bulldozer wide (say, 4 meters, for convenient reference), parallel to the border. Each successive path lies 4 meters further into Gaza. Once bulldozed, any path stays that way, indefinitely. Repeat treatment until effective.
(Yes, I realize Israel might have to purchase some more bulldozers to keep up... An effective tunnel destroying program would be needed in advance of bulldozings,too.)
I don’t think that’s going to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan ... :-) ... unless you’ve been doing some back-channel communications with Netanyahu ... :-0 ...
Oh, I know! But since Bibi seems to be just blowing smoke (eh, just HOW would demilitarization of Gaza be accomplished?), I might as well at least make the suggestion... :-)
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