MK Ze’ev Elkin Urges Israel to Finish Operation ‘Decisively’

‘We must beat Hamas until it waves a white flag,’ MK Ze’ev Elkin declares.

By Benny Toker, Tova Dvorin, INN
7/30/2014, 10:46 PM

MK Ze'ev Elkin

MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) slammed Israel’s ‘humanitarian ceasefires’ in Gaza on Wednesday, noting that they are causing ‘great damage’ to Israel.

“All this walking towards [these] humanitarian ceasefires – or not – is a big mistake,” Elkin said, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva. “Last weekendwe were already in a state that Hamas was on the verge of breaking, we saw large groups of Hamas members who turned themselves in – and it happened because we attacked them without stopping.”

“The rule against terrorism is that if you do not pursue terrorism, terrorists will pursue you,” Elkin added. “Therefore this method of ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ breaks – even if they come under international pressure – is problematic. Hamas exploits the interval to organize itself and to continue its attacks.”

According to Elkin, investigations into the handling of incidents in Gaza must wait until after the operation ends.

In the meantime, he said, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza must continue until the mission of destroying terror tunnels is complete.

“We need to do a thorough cleaning of Gaza and stop Hamas firing [rockets],” he urged. “We’re far from achieving that, because Hamas feels stronger.”

“We must not end this while Hamas feels like it’s accomplished something,” he emphasized.

Elkin also criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for acceding to world opinion in the touch-and-go ceasefire policy.

“It was expected that our reputation would diminish [due to the operation], but that should not be taken into consideration by the decision-makers,” he said. “We have a strong nation and the [bereaved] families themselves call not to stop.”

“We currently have two options,” he continued. “We can either take the initiative and increase pressure on Hamas – and beat it until it begs for a ceasefire – or continue this on-and-off process and slowly fight it out.”

“The first option is effective – we must continue until Hamas waves a white flag,” he declared. “We have to finish this decisively because otherwise we will live in a very dangerous reality.”

Elkin concluded with a warning that Israel, not the international community, needs to directly demilitarize Gaza.

“Anyone who thinks the international community needs to demilitarize Gaza lives on another planet,” he said. “I mentioned this to the UN Security Council at the end of the Second Lebanon War [in 2006], and we all know what happened in reality.”

“Today they have 100,000 rockets, ten times what they had before,” he said. “You cannot rely on international forces.”

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  1. Exactly.

    Israel can either destroy Hamas or somehow manage to live with it.

    There is no third option. Netanyahu’s idea is the international community will disarm Hamas is simply window dressing to conceal a defeat of a cowardly magnitude. Its not serious policy.

    Time to get the job done right.

  2. Elkins is completely right. We are currently in a unique situation, an opportunity, to spare future Israeli lives by taking them out especially now when Hamas is relatively isolated with Egypt giving us a wink and Hezbollah preoccupied in Syria. We won’t get that back. Any ceasefire before that, without complete surrender, will only postpone the inevitability of having to fight again on several fronts down the road costing even more Israeli lives.. We shouldn’t behave like the Palestinians of not missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Talk all you want about just seeking to take out the tunnels but then continue on anyway. Bring them to their knees. They wouldn’t be that kind. A premature ceasefire leaving them standing is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Why stop accepting a weakened Hamas when we can continue on and defeat them. Anything less than that only serves to legitimate them. It’s not like we’re going to lose a friend in the White House. Obama still has to be concerned with the midterm elections. Later he won’t. We should, in his face, continue on now and create a fete comple. If he reacts with too much hostility now there could be domestic political consequences. We should use that against him. Congress and the American people will forgive us.