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Lieberman: Retake Rafah, Kill Palestinian Leaders

Hours after Israel called off an air offensive on Gaza, following the passage of a UN resolution condemning Israel’s killing of now dozens of civilians in Beit Hanoun, newly appointed “Minister of Strategic Affairs” Avigdor Lieberman decided to pour a giant bucket of gasoline on an already violently surging flame.

Avigdor Lieberman, an Israeli rightist recently named minister of strategic affairs, told Israel Radio “we have to take back control of the Rafah crossing and the Philadelphi corridor,” zones along the Gaza border with Egypt.
[…] “I don’t think there is reason to conquer Gaza anew,” Lieberman said, urging Israel to hit more at militant leaders rather than raid civilian areas.
“There is no point in hitting refugee camps or Beit Hanoun where they live on 10 shekels (about $2.50) a day,” he said.
Lieberman said Israel should kill the political heads of militant groups who “should go to paradise, all of them, on this there should be no compromise.”

So that’s your strategy, eh? Martyr Hamas’ leadership? Because killing Yassin in no way made Hamas the most powerful militant group in Gaza, right?
And this asshole is in charge of handling Iran?

5 thoughts on “Lieberman: Retake Rafah, Kill Palestinian Leaders

  1. yeah, it’s all avigdor’s fault…
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2460032,00.html
    Israel orders killing of Hamas politicians
    Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv
    IN A desperate attempt to stop the barrage of rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli villages, Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, has ordered his security chiefs to target the Islamic movement’s political leadership.
    According to Israeli security sources, a decision to assassinate leading Hamas politicians was taken by Olmert and his defence minister, Amir Peretz. Early yesterday Israeli missiles struck Hamas targets in Gaza, including a charity run by the group.

  2. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong in taking military action against the leaders of groups committing terrorist acts (aka, suicide bombings, kidnappings, rocket attacks, and shootings), however, I would also say that there should be a clear avenue for dialogue at the same time, perhaps even with those same leaders, if they are interested in dialogue. The idea of “fight terror as if there are no negotiations and negotiate as if there is no terror” is something I support. The problem in Gaza right now, and perhaps in some parts of the West Bank as well, is that the people committing those acts of terror, or odering them, are the same people the world is asking the Israelis to negotiate with.
    Also, with regards to the Rantissi and Yassin assasinations, wasn’t the first time Hamas called for a “hudna” soon after that happened? I may be a bit off regards chronology.

  3. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong in taking military action against the leaders of groups committing terrorist acts
    neither do I – if you let them reciprocate, i.e.: “I personally don’t think there is anything wrong for terrorist groups to take military action against the military and those who command it”.
    (Obviously, I *don’t* want the reciprocation. thus, i condemn military attacks)

  4. The real problem is because of comments such as this one by mobius. Every time a Jew shows some spine there is another one to cover it up. Whether it was your intention or not, it emboldens your enemies.
    Let Lieberman do his thing and don’t let other jews get in the way because of misguided morality and you’ll be amazed how soon this conflict wil be over.

  5. “There is no point in hitting refugee camps or Beit Hanoun where they live on 10 shekels (about $2.50) a day,”
    You can’t argue with his logic here. Lieberman’s making sense. Poor civilians are just as powerful as martyrs as Hamas Leaders – moreso, in fact because when a Hamas leader is killed it is at least possible to call it a legitimate target, but when poor civilians are killed, we just look like monsters, even to ourselves.

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