Ministers Meir Sheetrit and Rafi Eitan proposed Wednesday that Israel produce its own version of the Qassam rocket to be fired at targets inside the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire on its southern communities.
The suggestion was made at a meeting of the security cabinet to discuss the ongoing military operation aimed at countering Qassam fire from Gaza.
The two said that this kind of rocket, which would cost very little, would cause a small amount of damage but would put pressure on the population in Gaza.
…Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai of Shas proposed that Israel use air strikes to destroy Palestinian towns and villages in response to the rocket fire, after giving local residents advance notice allowing them to evacuate their homes.
…Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen proposed cutting off the supply of electricity, water and fuel to the Strip, and justify the move by saying that Qassam rockets had destroyed Israel’s infrastructure and that it will take a long time to repair the facilities with which to supply the Palestinians with basic resources. Shin Bet security service director Yuval Diskin suggested that Cohen’s idea is worth examining.
Surely they jest. It must be a cruel joke, right? But indeed they do not. Because Hamas is using crude, largely ineffective, difficult to aim missiles against Sderot–Israel should adopt the same tactics?? I’m–well, speechless is what I am. This is a brilliant tactic. It will certainly sow terror into Gaza, bring it to its knees and cause it immediately to surrender.
As for engineering the wholesale destruction of Palestinian towns and villages…it certainly worked in Lebanon, didn’t it? It oughta work in Gaza too.
How about cutting off basic vital supplies necessary to sustain life? That’s a winner too. The rockets have allegedly destroyed “Israel’s infrastructure.” That is, a few roofs, cars and a parking lot. Certainly comparable to the havoc that Israel has rained on Gaza in the past year since the Shalit kidnapping.
Make no mistake, I am opposed to Qassams and condemn the killing of innocent civilians on both sides. But with brilliant ideas like the ones above Israel might as well tell its government to quit and nominate a three-ring circus to take their place. They’re about as effective.
Oh, and I’d suggest that each of the above minister leave their calling cards with the International Court of Justice as, if their suggestions are implemented, that Court will definitely be inviting them to explain themselves at a future date.