Israeli lawmaker slams ‘insolent’ American demand: “We must draw a red line”

“If all the hostages were American, the US would not let a single aid truck enter. Asking us to supply Hamas is excessive.”

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: America, Gaza, Hamas
Like many Israelis, Likud MK Danny Danon wants the Biden administration to back off and let Israel win this war. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90
Like many Israelis, Likud MK Danny Danon wants the Biden administration to back off and let Israel win this war. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The war in Gaza will not end until every hostage is freed and Hamas is removed as a military threat. That’s what the government of Israel has promised to the people of Israel. Likud lawmaker Danny Danon is not opposed to additional truces along the way to achieve those goals. But he sees Israel’s allies in Washington falling back into familiar traps the kind of which led us to this mess in the first place.

“We have to do everything to free the hostages, even through negotiations, even if it means we have to make another truce,” Danon told Radio 103FM on Monday.

Danon, who previously served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, insisted that the only way forward was aggressive military action, even in service to achieving temporary truce deals.

“We acted in a very aggressive manner [in northern Gaza] and that led to negotiations that led to a truce and the release” of more than 100 people from Hamas captivity in November of last year. Israel’s more measured approach to combating Hamas in southern Gaza has by contrast allowed the terror group to dig in, and given it no immediate incentive to make a deal.

What many Israelis see as a slacking off of the war effort has come at the behest of the Biden administration, which wants to see Israel end its “high-intensity” campaign in Gaza and move to a phase of more surgical special operations. It also wants Israel to facilitate the entry of more humanitarian aid to Gaza, including by opening the Erez Crossing into southern Israel, which was stormed by Hamas on October 7 as it invaded and butchered men, women and children across the western Negev.

Danon said this is a red line.

“The demand that we open the Erez crossing is an insolent demand,” said Danon, insisting that Israel, too, has humanitarian needs, the most urgent of which is ensuring October 7 never happens again. And the only way to do that is to strangle Hamas–militarily, economically and politically.

As we have been reporting here and on our Telegram Channel, the humanitarian aid that is already entering Gaza via Egypt is being stolen by Hamas and then sold at high prices to the population. In this way, the terror group continues to finance itself even under siege.

Danon noted that if this were taking place somewhere else, and over 100 Americans were behind held hostage by an ISIS-like terror group, “the US would not let a single aid truck enter. For them to ask us to open a border crossing and transfer aid to Hamas is excessive. A red line must be drawn.”