The former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, wrote on Friday that the time has come for real victory over Hamas and other jihadist forces holding sway in the Gaza Strip.
Avi Dichter lamented in a post to his Facebook page that the Western world has lost its capacity to truly defeat its enemies and win wars, as it did in World War II.
“69 years ago exactly, the American leadership understood that there is no other way to end the bloody war against Japan, but with one action: dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima,” he noted.
Dichter stressed that while “Hamas is not the Japanese army and Israel is not the United States,” Israel and its Western critics can nevertheless “learn something from the process that the United States and Japan went through during that war.”
As the 72-hour ceasefire crumbled and Hamas resumed rocket fire on southern Israel, Dichter insisted that any further long-term truce negotiations simply must include the demilitarization of Gaza. Hamas must be defeated in a military sense.
And expecting Hamas to agree to that conclusion is nothing short of “delusional,” said Dichter, meaning that Israel or some other force is going to have to enter Gaza and defang the terrorists.
Friday’s renewed rocket fire on southern Israel had resulted in damaged to a number of civilian homes, and at least two people - a soldier and a civilian - were wounded. By mid-afternoon, Hamas had fired more than 40 rockets into southern Israel.
Israel waited over two hours before finally responding to the renewed rocket fire.
Hamas said that it was willing to continue truce negotiations even as its forces attack southern Israel, but Jerusalem recalled its delegation to the Cairo talks as the nation geared up for another round of fighting.