Israeli National Security Leader Advocates Extreme Measures in Gaza
In a bold opinion piece, retired Major General Giora Eiland of Israel has made a controversial case regarding Gaza. His views, presented in an article titled “Let’s Not be Intimidated by the World,” suggest that drastic actions are warranted in the region.
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Eiland’s perspective has been part of a larger trend of similar statements from Israeli leaders since October 7, advocating for aggressive strategies in Gaza. His arguments go beyond the usual rhetoric, suggesting that the entire population of Gaza, not just armed combatants, are legitimate targets.
In his article, Eiland states: “The entire Gaza population, who supported Hamas, are part of the target. This includes civilian officials, hospital and school administrators. A severe epidemic in Gaza could actually help bring victory closer.”
Eiland challenges conventional humanitarian principles, asserting that the battle is not against a terrorist group but against the State of Gaza itself. This viewpoint leads him to argue that any support extended to Gaza only prolongs the conflict.
He also questions the innocence of the Gazan civilians, particularly women, implying they are complicit:
“The ‘poor’ women of Gaza are mothers, sisters, or wives of Hamas members. They are not separate from the conflict.”
This stance echoes the sentiments of Ayelet Shaked, a former Justice Minister, who in 2014 declared the entire Palestinian population as the enemy:
As per a U.S. diplomatic cable leaked to Wikileaks here:
“Every terrorist is backed by family members who encourage terrorism. The mothers of these terrorists should also be held accountable. Their homes, where future terrorists are raised, should be targeted.”
Eiland’s opinions have not gone unnoticed. They have been supported by influential figures like Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, known for his own extreme statements. Eiland’s forthrightness about Gaza, describing it as a “huge concentration camp” and advocating for radical solutions, has added to the controversy.