Attempts to prevent the nuclearization of Iran will fail, according to former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon, who asserted Saturday that the military option should be examined and the Iranian regime should be brought down.
Speaking on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press,” Ya’alon also proposed going into Gaza with massive ground forces to “clean” the area without taking it over for a long period. He said he feared that within a year terrorists would be firing Katyushas at Kiryat Gat and Ashdod. “No one will solve the problem in Gaza for us,” he said.
“We will have to get at the terrorists and their workshops, which are the infrastructure of terror, and to strike them. We did this in Operation Defensive Shield. Before Defensive Shield we also debated, but in the end we carried it out wisely. You have to be blind not to see the necessity to go into the Strip. There is no choice,” Ya’alon added.
Surely, the man has taken leave of his senses. How would the Israeli army manage to invade Iran? Perhaps he’s thinking that Israel should do this in concert with U.S. forces. And even if this was what he was thinking, how likely is it that the U.S. would actually be willing to do so given its abject failure in Iraq? Yaalon’s view on this matter puts him in agreement with such flaming neocons as Michael Ledeen, Christian Zionist crazies like John Hagee, and the extreme right-wing of AIPAC and the Likud. How can Israel ever be seen as a responsible member of the world community when its military elite advocate such outrageous policy options??
Apparently, Yaalon has forgotten a few unpleasant facts about Defensive Shield:
According to the Guardian, at least 500 Palestinians were killed and 1500 were wounded. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent over 4,258 detained by the Israeli military. The Israeli offensive also left 29 Israeli soldiers dead, and 127 wounded. The World Bank estimated that over $360 million worth of damage was caused to Palestinian infrastructure and institutions. $158 million of which came from the massive aerial bombardment and destruction of houses in Nablus and Jenin. Large sectors of the Palestinian population were left homeless by the Operation.
Human Rights Watch as well as Amnesty International determined that “Israeli forces committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, some amounting prima facie to war crimes.” This had to be established after the fact because the IDF would not allow human rights observers, nor journalists, in the camps during the operations. Collective punishment, indiscriminate killings, using human shields and the denial of adequate access to food and medical supplies are cited within the investigations.