The Olmert government’s September 29 decision to define the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as a “hostile entity” was greeted with quite a few raised eyebrows. The move was made at Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recommendation. Barak explained that defining Gaza as a hostile entity is necessary legally to pave the way for economic sanctions against the area that would otherwise be problematic under international law.
The IDF’s proposed plan for Gaza needs to be approved by the government before it’s implemented. One can only hope that someone, somewhere, in the Israeli government has a better handle on international law than the IDF’s Military Advocate General’s Unit does. Then, too, it can only be hoped that now that the government recognizes that Gaza is hostile to Israel, it will finally adopt plans to defeat its enemies there.
Caroline Glick is deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. Her Jewish Press-exclusive column appears the last week of each month.Caroline B. Glick
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