Former Israeli army spokesman says there’s no military solution to Gaza

Israel has to talk to Hamas. The solution to Gaza isn’t a military one, but rather a political and diplomatic one. A must read by former Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner.

Peter Lerner, Haaretz, 06 June 2018.

“Israel lacks vision regarding Gaza. All of the options appear to be military force, but even those have been tried and exhausted. The human cost of Israel retaking Gaza from Hamas by military means would be heavy, and would have no guarantee of success in terms of defeating the idea of Hamas – not to mention the possibility of creating a vacuum that could well be filled by a more radical and violent organization.

Senior Israeli military officials made statements this week that made clear the solution to Gaza isn’t a military one, but rather a political and diplomatic one. The three wars fought against Hamas haven’t changed the strategic reality, or the situation of a million Israelis living in southern Israel who, only this week, faced over 100 incoming rockets and mortars.”

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