Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Voormalig Israëlisch ambassadeur in de VS Michael Oren.
In the past week I’ve seen and heard the popular statement “let the I.D.F. win” more and more frequently. It’s been posted on social media, spray-painted on walls, and chanted in demonstrations. […]
The first erroneous assumption it contains is that there are some people in Israel who are preventing the Army from winning. These supposed saboteurs could be me, my neighbor, or any other person who questions the premise and purpose of this war. […]
The second, much more dangerous idea that this slogan contains is that the I.D.F. actually could win. […]
Twelve years, five operations against Hamas (four of them in Gaza), and still we have this same convoluted slogan. […] Even if each and every Hamas fighter is taken out, does anyone truly believe that the Palestinian people’s aspiration for national independence will disappear with them? Before Hamas, we fought against the P.L.O., and after Hamas, assuming, hopefully, that we’re still around, we’ll probably find ourselves fighting against another Palestinian organization.
Etgar Keret in The New Yorker.
If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse. […] A worse threat that would come into the sort of ecosystem there … something like ISIS
Luitenant-Generaal en hoofd van het Amerikaanse Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, ziet geen militaire oplossing voor het conflict in de Gazastrook.