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The Israeli View Point:Lieberman says Israel needs to conquer and thoroughly cleanse Gaza

Updated on September 19, 2013


Israel is a state carved out of Arab areas by a UN mandate in 1948. Almost 90% of the countries who were members of the United Nations at that time supported the formation of the state of Israel, except the Arab states. All of then joined hands and the result was the first Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in complete defeat and humiliation of the Arab armies. This war took place in 1948, when the fledgling state was in the process of being formed.

Wars with Israel

Subsequently 3 wars (1956, 1967 and 1973) were fought between the Arabs and Israel. In all of them the Arabs were badly beaten, except in the 1973 war where the Arabs could regain some semblance of pride. But in hindsight the Arabs would have lost the 1973 war as well, as the Israeli army having crossed the Suez Canal could have reached Caro. Pressure from the two superpowers the USA and USSR brought about a cease fire and a peace treaty with Egypt.

Peace Treaty with Egypt

Israel negotiated a separate peace with Egypt and relinquished the conquered Sinai desert. This treaty was important as for the first time an Arab state had recognized the existence of Israel. The Egyptians also benefitted as they got back Sinai.

Gaza and West Bank

But Gaza and the West Bank which had been conquered by Israel were not handed back. The West bank was part of Jordan, but the state of Jordan could not press its demands as the King of Jordan was just little more than a puppet of the USA. The Arabs of Gaza and other areas having been driven from their lands started a terror war against Israel and its mentor the USA. The result is a perpetual rocket and terror attacks on Israel.

Setting up of the Gaza State

The Israeli state under pressure from the world body of nations and the USA agreed to vacate Gaza and self government was ushered in the new state. But Hamas the militant wing operating from Gaza refused to recognize the existence of Israel and continued its terror war against the Israeli state. The pivot for a peace in the Middle East is the recognition of the state of Israel and its right to survive as a nation. Unfortunately, this right is not recognized by most Arabs and Hamas the terrorist organization operating from Gaza is vociferous in opposing the existence of the Israeli state.

Hamas and Avigdor Lieberman

This attitude of Hamas is the genesis of the statement by Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman is a former foreign minister of Israel and has extreme right wing views. He is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a “thorough cleansing” of the Gaza Strip. Lieberman is a Soviet born Israeli politician. He was Minister for Foreign affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel until 18 December 2012. He had to resign after he was charged with fraud and breach of trust.

Lieberman’s Views

Speaking on Israel Radio, the former foreign minister was explicit that the Gaza strip should be again taken over by Israel. He was of the view that in another 2 years, Hamas would have a bigger arsenal at its disposal and hundreds of missiles that could reach even beyond Tel Aviv. The very fact that Hamas still does not recognize the existence of Israel and its right to survive as a nation adds a ring of truth to the assertion of Lieberman.

His comments came after a massive retaliation by the Israeli air Force, which attacked terrorist targets in Gaza

Terror Attacks against Israel

The Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip after six rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel into the early hours of Monday morning last month. No one was injured. It was the first ceasefire breach since April. A fact that needs to be emphasised is that Hamas and other terror groups like the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Fatah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have perpetuated over 200 terror attacks on Israel during the last 2 decades and caused over 800 deaths.

The Future

Lieberman may be right in his assertion, but 2013 is different from 1973 and the Israeli cabinet has indicated it is not considering any re-conquest of Gaza because of the changed world scenario and diplomatic and political repercussions of any such occupation. In fact Finance Minister Yair Lapid has termed Lieberman’s statement as “irresponsible”. All in all Israel is on the horns of a dilemma. There is also a subtle shift in US policy under Obama and Israel is hoping the next President will be more in line with its thinking. It has to wait and watch. In the meantime peace will elude the Middle East


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    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      thank you five senses, I hope the same

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      Leena 3 years ago from new delhi

      I hope there is a quick solution to things and the innocent children should not suffer more than they already have.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Well written. It is a fact that the main persecution of Jews was by the Christians. But the clock seems to have turned and now the Arabs are at daggers drawn with Israel. Frankly I don't see any solution to this conflict at the moment.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree mintinfo, its a messy situation. But there is no solution at the moment in sight

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes Ranzi, I agree with you . The entire situation is bad

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      mintinfo 4 years ago

      Israel has never seriously considered a peaceful end to the conflict. Instead they constantly provoke the Palestinians by taking more and more of their land then kill them off when they dare to fight back.

      There will be no solution to this and any other conflict until humans begin to understand their true purpose. Right now we are all trapped in a state of self gratification. If they were in the favor of a so called God then there would be no need for war and bloodshed. We all need to stop the religious deception.

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      Cut The Bullshit 4 years ago from All Over

      Mr Singh, what do you expect? If a person comes to your house in the middle of the night and kicks you out, but before that you watch him rape your wife and kill your child and then he says to the police 'Well it's my house! My great great great great great great grand father whose name I'm not sure of used to live here a thousand years ago. How would you react?

      (btw these crimes may sound outrages, but these are crimes that the media fails to show the world)

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      Cut The Bullshit 4 years ago from All Over

      Putting aside that they believed that they were the 'chosen people'

      If we want to use the 6 day war as an example then more specifically:

      Israel's pre-emptive strike destroyed Egyptian, Jordanian, Iraqi & Syrian air forces, so therefore Israel enjoyed total air superiority for the entire war, which was crucial to it's success

      The Egyptians miscalculated the Israelis' strategy, it was the opposite of what they'd expected

      The Jordanians didn't really want to fight (Nasser persuaded them by falsely claiming he had won) and were quickly defeated after a brief push into Jerusalem

      The Syrians didn't really want to fight (they were also deceived by Nasser's propaganda)

      The Syrian government had been infiltrated by a brilliant secret agent (Eli Cohen) who passed on large amounts of military intelligence to Mossad shortly before the war; Cohen was later caught, tortured and executed by the Syrians

      Israeli forces were of a high quality and led by the legendary Moshe Dayan, while Arab forces were of a mediocre quality and led by inferior commanders

      Let's not forget also that in 1967 the Holocaust was a very recent memory and many Israeli conscripts were the sons of Holocaust survivors and still felt a degree of outraged victimisation, and feared the same sort of thing may happen again. Much of the international community was behind Israel in 1967 because it hadn`t yet come to be seen as the oppressive occupier by force of Arab lands that it would increasingly come to be viewed as in the years after 1967. And post-Holocaust sympathy for the Jews in the west was far more prevalent back then

      What I find strange is that anti Semitism is a European phenomena, the holocaust was caused by the Christian Germans and the Jews were usually driven out of Christian places, lets look at Spain for example. (perhaps because the Christians always blamed the Jews for killing Jesus) Anyhow while the Jews were being persecuted around the world, the Jews prospered in Arab countries and were included in governments and had equality. After the creation of Israel and the mistreatment of the Arabs it all went down hill for them. Yet just to let you know many refused to leave their Arab countries such as the Iraqis, Lebanese and Syrians, as nationality and identity for them was superior to religion. Many Jews that left Lebanon until this day feel nostalgia for their homeland and identify more with Lebanese culture. But they can never go back as they now have israli passports. It's quite sad that the only people in the world that cared for the Jews and treated them well are now the victims of their persecution.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Another aspect is the poor quality of Arab soldiery. To get beaten time and again by a minuscule force is galling for them. Israel and the Arabs in particular Palestine will not have peace in our time.

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      Cut The Bullshit 4 years ago from All Over

      Good Article, Hamas may be a terrorist organisation who is fighting for the rights and against the genocides of their people, however Israel is a terrorist state full stop.

      And is Hamas really a terrorist as they have been elected as a political party.

      Nelson Mandela was tried and imprisoned for being a terrorist.

      Mahatma Gandhi was considered to be a terrorist.

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      mintinfo 4 years ago

      Next to economics the main operating system of the world is religion. Since Israel is respected as the base of western religious beliefs they have unspoken agreements guaranteeing their protection. With that in mind they will forever push the boundaries of humanitarian treatment of their Arab neighbors. That is also why radicals such as Lieberman can test the waters to see how willing his compatriots are to carry out such a devious task. If unchecked eventually they will cleanse the land of the Arabs.