Over the last few weeks and even during the Shavuot holiday, Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip (no longer occupied by Israel, you will recall, since the Israeli Government forced all Jewish settlers to evacuate the Jewish settlements in the Strip almost three years ago) continued to rain down on the towns and villages of the Western Negev (i.e. within the Green Line), causing casualties and even reaping fatalities. For some inexplicable reason, our government continues to talk, to bluster, to threaten – but as for action – nada.
What is needed is a massive military operation, by air and ground forces (thus avoiding the mistake made in Lebanon two years ago), the aim of which should be defined thus: any Palestinian town or village from which rockets are fired into Israel should be rased to the ground, wiped off the face of the map, not one stone left standing. I have no wish to be inhumane. My aim is not to kill as many Palestinians as possible but to ensure that there is no cover from which Hamas can fire their weapons. Therefore, I have no objection to a 30-minute warning being given to the inhabitants, by dropping leaflets on the targeted town in advance. Some people might say that this would give the Palestinians time to prepare anti-aircraft defences, but I assume that they are not entirely stupid and already have such defences in place. Some people would also say that a 30-minute warning would also give the Hamas terrorists time to move their rocket launchers but again, they are not completely devoid of intelligence and it is logical to assume that having fired their rockets, they immediately move on to the next heavily populated area designated to serve as cover. No, the aim is, as I said, to destroy their cover and to make it very plain to the civilian population, which supports them, either actively or passively, that if they allow their homes to be used for military purposes, then they will have no homes to go to. Collective punishment? Violation of their human rights? Maybe. However, if it comes down to a choice between their human rights and the human rights of the inhabitants of the Western Negev, I make no apology for preferring the latter.