IDF Merkava MBTs on the Gaza border, Thursday, 13 March 2014
13 March 2014: The latest round of Islamic rocket attacks on Israeli civilians might well be the harbinger for the annihilation of all terrorist groups in Gaza if certain members of the Israeli government prevail upon Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.
I quote Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz:
“Sooner or later we will have to take control of Gaza, in order to get rid of the Hamas regime. We do not need to reoccupy it permanently, but we do need to remove from Gaza the option of (terrorists) firing rockets on us. If and when the moment comes when we must retake Gaza, and that moment is coming soon, the operation will have to be a very quick one.”
I also quote Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman:
"We cannot allow the areas that Israel evacuated to be used for terror attacks on us. The only solution is a reversal of the process, a retaking of Gaza."
So, while the final decision is clearly up the PM Netanyahu, he will get no great argument against a lightning war against the terrorists in Gaza from his cabinet, or from the government of the United States for that matter. I believe the paradigm has finally changed due to the fact that the era of diplomacy not backed by brute military power is presenting Israel, NATO and other nations with very clear evidence of why it is essential and necessary from time to time. Israel has to retake Gaza and really clean it out for the sake of its people. That time has come.