Pressure mounts to wipe out Hamas
By Ted Belman
Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz, thinks Israel should mount a crushing offensive against Gaza. He called for a “mortal blow” to be dealt to Hamas’s civilian and “military” leadership.
In an interview with IDF Radio, Halutz said, “We must bring back our deterrence vis-à-vis Gaza. It has not existed for even one moment since Operation Cast Lead and to this day.”
“This must be dealt with through a strong blow, beyond the expectations of the other side,” he explained. “The other side creates equations based on its own preferences and we have to create different equations based on what is good for us.”
This is the same Halutz that was forcd into early retirement after the Lebanese War II. Even Mofaz is calling for a major blow to Hamas.
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I wonder if it is in Israel’s interest to destroy Hamas at this time. That would be removing one impediment to the peace process. The PA would take over Gaza but that doesn’t mean it will compromise on anything.
A second problem is the Egyptian army. The pressure on it to protect Hamas would be enormous.
Would such a war help Obama get reelected? It depends on what he does.