Rafi Eitan, 86, is one of the last of a generation of "old guard" of Israeli warriors who have seen it all. As a top Mossad agent, Eitan became famous for leading the capture of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, and then infamous for his role in the incarceration of Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard.
But no matter what different people may think of him, Eitan is one of the few Israelis remaining who can speak to the current threats surrounding the nation from a depth of experience going back to before Israel's modern rebirth.
We asked Eitan about the current situation in Gaza and southern Israel, and he suggested that the current Israeli military response is not going far enough to truly eliminate the threat.
Israel Today: Is there a way to bring an end to the Gaza rocket fire on southern Israel?
Eitan: My opinion is that we should do in Gaza what we did to Hezbollah in Lebanon - we destroyed the Hezbollah’s infrastructure and they stopped shooting. And they haven’t dared to start again. And we don’t need a ground operation to accomplish this in Gaza, we can do it from the air.
Israel Today: Won’t the world condemn Israel for taking such harsh action?
Eitan: So they condemn. We should first tell the UN and the US that if Hamas is not made to stop the rocket fire, we will destroy the entire infrastructure of Gaza. We provide a warning, and then we do it.
Israel Today conducted a full interview with Eitan which also touches on the topics of Pollard, renewed anti-Semitism in Europe, Syria, Egypt and Iran. That interview will appear in the next issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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