Diskin: Prepare for confrontation

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Head of the General Security Services Yuval Diskin spoke Tuesday morning at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and warned of the explosive situation in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that Israel must prepare for a widespread military confrontation there if moderate elements within the Palestinian Authority do not get stronger.

During his security briefing, Diskin outlined the efforts of Palestinian factions within Gaza to arm themselves, and said that if the efforts to strengthen Fatah fail, Israel must be prepared for a wide military confrontation in Gaza.

"The situation in the Strip is not a flashing traffic light but a red, red, red, light. Israel has no good options in Gaza, there only bad options and we need to choose the least bad of all," he said.

Diskin has, in the past, warned several times of what he called the "Lebanonization of Gaza," referring to the huge amounts of arms smuggled into Gaza, and the upgrade in the types of weapons they are using, most importantly, anti-tank missiles. Diskin called the Gaza situation a "strategic problem."

Diskin also warned of the inability of the Egyptian forces to prevent smuggling of weapons, money, and terrorists through the Philadelphi Route from Egypt into Gaza and called to reexamine all agreements signed regarding the passage ways because they are "ineffective in actuality under Egyptian monitoring."

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