By Ted Belman
I’m not impressed. Not only have we not re-entered Gaza, we have refrained from using artillery. As you may know, the US criticized Israel for using artillery rather then expensive smart bombs. Screw them, use artillery.
Under no circumstances should Israel look to either the US or the EU to mediate a ceasefire. Been there, done that. It only makes us beholden to them. And we know they are pressing for the ’67 lines.
It is imperative for Israel to state loudly and clearly, that she will never agree to the ’67 lines even with swaps, nor negotiate so long as the EU and the US back such a solution. It is not necessary that we reject a two state solution but we must reject borders based on ’67 lines.
Instead, Israel must punish them into submission and use artillery to do it. If Israel doesn’t want to deliver the coup de gras, then boots on the ground are not necessary. But so long as we keep pounding them, we keep destroying their rockets and military infrastructure. Thus we will be achieving further demilitarization.
Make the war of attrition work in our favour. Arrange for residents of the south to be housed elsewhere so they are not at risk. This will enable us to continue pounding them until they submit, whether it is one week or one month.
Liberman told Channel 2 yesterday that the government needs to spell out “a strategic goal” that encompasses “defeating Hamas, bringing it to submission.”
“That means Hamas waves the white flag,” the foreign minister said. “That is a realistic scenario, and it must be a goal.”
Furthermore by rejecting a mediated ceasefire we are avoiding a new peace process.
Make no concessions to get a ceasefire. i.e., no seaport, no opening of borders, no prisoner release, no access to Judea and Samaria. Nothing. Just keep pounding them.
Apparently there are still 500 smuggling tunnels. Encourage Egypt to find and destroy them.