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A Letter to PM Netanyahu
You can find my German translation on my main website. [FAB]
To Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
The failures of Operation Protective Edge were inherent from the outset, because:
What is required now is for Israel to internalize the fact that Oslo is finished: That this is our country – our country exclusively, including Gaza. There are no two states, and there are no two peoples. There is only one state for one people.
After internalizing this, we need a deep and thorough strategic review: Definition of the enemy, definition of the operational tasks, definition of the strategic goals, and of course, of appropriate necessary war ethics.
In light of these four points, Israel must take the following action:
Mr. Prime Minister,
This is a fateful hour of decision in the history of the State of Israel.
All metastases of our enemy, from Iran and Hizballah through ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, are gleefully rubbing their hands and preparing themselves for the next round.
I warn that any outcome that is less than what was defined here means encouraging the continued offensive against Israel. Only if Hezbollah will understand how we have dealt with Hamas in the south, it will refrain from launching its 100,000 missiles from the north.
I call on you to adopt the strategy proposed here.
I have no doubt that, like me, the entire Nation of Israel will stand by you with its overwhelming majority – if only you will adopt it.
With Respect and Appreciation
Source: The Jewish Leadership Blog
Last week a poll on ynet showed that 80 % of Gaza’s residents would like to emigrate. Israel would have to invest just a fraction of what it has spent on security to help them emigrate with a generous sum of money in their pockets.
According to this morning’s economic news, as per the precedent of the Second Lebanon War, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza will cost at least 10 billion NIS in direct and indirect costs. In Gaza there are 1.3 million residents, which are approximately 200,000 households. The average salary in Gaza is 350 NIS per month. Let’s say 500 NIS per month. In other words, the money we have already spent to bomb Gaza, killing many Gazans in the process, could have been used to give each household 50,000 NIS – approximately 100 monthly salaries or 8 years of work – to help them to comfortably actualize their desire to emigrate.
Let us not forget, it was not not Israel but Egypt and other Arabic states that confined Arabs, who wanted to leave Israel, to Gaza and other concentration camps and have kept them there and prevented them from leaving ever since. Gaza used to be under Egyptian administration and the first thing they did, was closing the border far more tightly than the one to Israel ever was.
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