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Liberman: ‘We Should Consider Reoccupying Gaza’ – Again?

In Liberman's book, our memory is about 8 months long, give or take.

Three Tenors of the Apocalypse. These three men stood on Gaza's border in November, 2012, and blinked first. Now Liberman is urging another attack. Do we trust him?

Three Tenors of the Apocalypse. These three men stood on Gaza's border in November, 2012, and blinked first. Now Liberman is urging another attack. Do we trust him?
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MK Avigdor Liberman, serving as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee until the end of the deliberation of his trial, says that there is no escape from considering reoccupying the Gaza Strip.

Speaking on Monday morning to Reshet Bet Radio, MK Liberman responded to news of rocket fire into Israel from inside the Gaza Strip, that if Israel does not respond now, then, in two years from now, Hamas will be launching aircraft and missiles into Tel Aviv and possibly Netanya, too.

Liberman also said that Hamas has no intention of accepting a Jewish presence in Israel, and therefore Israel must return to Gaza for a “thorough cleanup job.”

Liberman said he does not know the position of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon on his idea. But back in November, 2012, in an official statement representing the views of the defense triumvirate of Netanyahu, Barak and Liberman, the prime minister stated:

“In a phone call I had this evening with President Obama, I agreed with him that we should give the cease-fire a chance in order to enable a lull in the situation and allow for the citizens of Israel to return to routine. However, Israel obviously cannot sit idly while our enemy reinforces itself with weapons of terror. Therefore we decided, President Obama and myself, that the United States and Israel would work together to fight the smuggling of weapons to the terror organizations – weapons, virtually all of which come from Iran.”

So, that one isn’t working out? We now have to go back in? There’s no telling – Liberman is not in the government for the time being, Netanyahu is busy expressing his undying devotion to the 2-state solution, and Barak is back to amassing unconscionable piles of cash using his international connections.

In November, 2012, we watched those three morally corrupt men: Netanyahu, Barak, and Liberman, renege on every last statement they had ever made regarding the war against Hamas. Now that the folly of their cowardly retreat from their own stated goals is starting to threaten anew the lives of Israelis, Liberman tirelessly picks up the same broken promises, undoubtedly to advance his own precarious position.

The fact that Liberman feels he has been left unscathed by his repugnant behavior last time around in Gaza attests to just how little he thinks of our ability to remember betrayals. In his book, our memory is about 8 months long, give or take.

We lost the Gaza war of November 2012. I shudder to think of the defeats Liberman and Netanyahu still have in store for us.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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9 Responses to “Liberman: ‘We Should Consider Reoccupying Gaza’ – Again?”

  1. Israel should have never allowed Arab occupation of Gaza.

  2. Jim Shelton says:

    If Hamas is staying on leadership there, that might have to happen to maintain a modicum of peace in the region.

  3. We gave it away as “land for peace”. There is no peace. Therefore, the deal is off. It was a mistake to begin with; but okay; Israel tried. The experiment has revealed its incontrovertible results: “land for peace” DOES NOT WORK.

    Experiment over. Time to try something new. Next experiment: kicking the Arabs out for peace. We’ve already tried kicking the Jews out of Gaza. This would simply make the study even and symmetrical.

  4. There is no question the Prime Minister is a bright man and he loves his country. But, I do have problems with the way he governs the ever present threat at the hands of Israel’s neighbors. I also believe he spends too much time and effort trying to please Obama and other outside forces and not enough time doing what is in the best interest of the country. Hamas must finally be eliminated, too many Israeli citizens have needlessly died because of them. When Israel had the chance to do away with Hamas a couple years ago, Netanyahu foolishly buckled under pressure from Obama to stop the pillar of defense operation. As a result, Hamas was not defeated and their aggression worsened. Instead of asking Israel to stop the pillar of defense operation, Obama should have been saying that to Hamas. It was wrong for Obama to ask Israel to stop, but worse that Netanyahu agreed. As a result of this appeasement, Israel will now have finish what they started. In the interim, more Israelis have lost their lives. As head of state, there will be times when you have to make unpopular choices but that doesn’t give you the right to abandon your responsibilities.

  5. There is no question the Prime Minister is a bright man and he loves his country. But, I do have problems with the way he governs the ever present threat at the hands of Israel’s neighbors. I also believe he spends too much time and effort trying to please Obama and other outside forces and not enough time doing what is in the best interest of the country. Hamas must finally be eliminated, too many Israeli citizens have needlessly died because of them. When Israel had the chance to do away with Hamas a couple years ago, Netanyahu foolishly buckled under pressure from Obama to stop the pillar of defense operation. As a result, Hamas was not defeated and their aggression worsened. Instead of asking Israel to stop the pillar of defense operation, Obama should have been saying that to Hamas. It was wrong for Obama to ask Israel to stop, but worse that Netanyahu agreed. As a result of this appeasement, Israel will now have finish what they started. In the interim, more Israelis have lost their lives. As head of state, there will be times when you have to make unpopular choices but that doesn’t give you the right to abandon your responsibilities.

  6. yes you should take it back, it was given for “peace” and all you received was more terror……..they didn’t fulfill the deal take it back!

  7. Yes it is time to get back to the Gaza's territory which ws in Isrel's hands before PM Ariel Sharon, Israel gave the territory in exchange peace, which peace?

  8. Tim Upham says:

    If Israel moves into Gaza this time, it will be getting itself into a Lebanese quagmire, because this time in Gaza it will be Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighting each other. Wise thing to do, is just keep it to aerial bombardment.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    No need, put the Neturei Karta, Satmare, and Litvaks there as the guests of the Hamas terrorist. Hence, we would not need to support them with free health and Education and the Arabs cant complains against arpatheid by the Jews since only the Arabs practice it against Jews and Palestinians.

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