Apr. 5, 2018
- The Lessons for Israel from Gaza – Zalman Shoval
From Israel’s perspective, the main lesson from last weekend’s events in Gaza is that they should be seen as a preview of what might happen in the future if an independent Palestinian state were to be established on our eastern border under the current circumstances.
No security fence or even a concrete barrier can stop an organized mass attempt to breach the Israeli border along a much larger front than merely the Gaza border, unless the IDF maintains full control, not only of the borders of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), but inside those territories.
Israel – with the help of the U.S. – must move ahead toward interim solutions that will remove unnecessary financial, civil and governmental limitations from the Arab population in the territories, without affecting Israel’s operational freedom on matters of security. The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Israel Hayom)