Even the members of Netanyahu’s government acknowledge that what Israel is doing in Gaza is folly, yet there is no one to stop it.
By Avi Dabush
Let’s start with a quiz. Who said the following: “We are marching a march of foolishness when it comes to Gaza. The government has no policy or strategic decision-making. Each day moves from combat to crisis — humanitarian or military — and sometimes both together.”
The answer, you see, is none other than senior minister and member of the security cabinet Yisrael Katz. His solution to Gaza’s problems, by the way, is a port and a comprehensive peace agreement. Who else supports building a port in Gaza? Minister of Education Naftali Bennett.
Herein lies the essence of the tragedy: this is not a matter of intense disagreement between right and left, only a march of folly led by Netanyahu and his government. There will be those who say this was a matter of cynical policy and those who will speak of leadership without a long-term vision. The results are essentially the same.
I recently moved to Sderot from nearby Sha’ar HaNegev. Perfect timing: this week saw four rocket alarms in Sderot, a few more in Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev, and several interceptions by the Iron Dome. Some rockets fell inside the city. Trump’s declaration restarted the back and forth, familiar to us all, between the IDF and Hamas. Days of Rage, Gazans wounded and killed, Qassam rockets and tunnels in the fields of Kibbutz Nirim.
In addition to all of this is the construction of the underground barrier along the border with Gaza. Dozens of feet of cement deep, tens of miles long, which will cost Israelis at least four billion shekels. It would have probably been cheaper to pay for a personal security guard for each family in the western Negev for the next decade.
That being said, this is the time to ask the familiar question — the 17-year-old question, born when the first Qassam rocket fell on Sderot in April 2001: what is the objective? Where are our leaders taking us? Would it not be cheaper to put forward the “primitive” solution of a peace agreement?
Experience shows that these...Read More