Gazans Are Responsible for Their Suffering – Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland
(dailyalert.org, Aug. 6, 2014)
The fact that we are fighting with one hand and supplying food and energy to the enemy state with the other hand is absurd. This generosity strengthens and extends the ability of the enemy state of Gaza to fight us. Hamas is the authentic representative of the population there. It rose to power following democratic elections and built an impressive military ability with the residents’ support. The Gazans’ suffering is not the result of Israeli pressure but of their support, through their elected government, for an armed struggle.
As soon as the fire ceases, we will be under heavy pressure to open up the crossings, restore the electricity lines, and help rebuild buildings and infrastructure. Israel should agree, but only if the other side agrees to demilitarize Gaza of heavy weapons. We are dealing with an enemy state, not with a terror organization which is seemingly operating from within an innocent civilian population. The writer is a former head of Israel’s National Security Council. (Ynet News)
Reconstruction in Return for Demilitarization – Zvi Hauser
Even after the destruction of the Hamas tunnels, the main goal of Operation Protective Edge remains unchanged: A strategic change in Gaza. The operation cannot be concluded without achieving a real change in the balance of power in favor of Israel, which will be based on effective demilitarization.
A rare strategic opportunity has been created: a dismantled Syria, a Hizbullah confined to a different front, an Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood trauma, and an Israeli national unity creating rare national strength. All these will not repeat themselves and are making a different kind of achievement possible.
Israel must make it clear, as soon as possible, that Gaza’s reconstruction will be attached to the Strip’s effective demilitarization: If a cement and concrete truck enters from the Israeli side, a rocket truck exits from the Egyptian side. There are thousands of rockets and tens of thousands of mortar shells left in Gaza. The extent of the reconstruction must be linked to the depth of the demilitarization. The writer served as Israel’s cabinet secretary (2009-2013). (Ynet News)