The next war with Hamas in Gaza is around the corner. Reuters reports that Israelis near Gaza fear Hamas is tunneling beneath them. And Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza on Sunday that his country will retaliate with “greater force” than deployed in the 2014 Gaza war if cross-border tunnels are used to attack Israel.
MK Tamar Zandberg posted this on Facebook in response:
In the last few days, it seems like the next Gaza war is around the corner. Like a foretold accident that no one is trying to prevent.
It starts with a “trickle” that has fallen (a euphemism for missiles). The Gaza envelope residents are complaining about the noise of tunnel construction under their homes. Netanyahu is threatening to bomb ‘More than in Operation Protective Edge.” And Buji Herzog, proving he is on Netanyahu’s right, suggesting to bomb earlier and more powerfully.
On the other side there is Gaza. Gaza is experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis, shortage of water and electricity, its sewage spills into the Mediterranean and tens of thousands of families are homeless. But simultaneously Hamas continues investing resources in preparing an attack on Israel.
This is precisely the reason the Israeli solution must be smarter. Smart solutions can be found everywhere, if you search for them.
Egypt, for example, flooded the tunnel with water without invading Gaza.
If Israel seeks to topple the Hamas regime – it needs to cooperate with the international community and get the Palestinian Authority involved. Currently, Israel is doing the exact opposite – it is turning its back if not spiting in the face of the Palestinian leadership and the world.
And damn it, what about the political horizon Prime Minister Netanyahu promised at the end of Operation Protective Edge? Just this week, the Israeli government played an honor game and rejected a political initiative. Can we sleep well knowing that our government acted on every initiative, examined any ideas and did everything in its power to find a solution?
Because it seems like there is a persistent attempt to anesthetize or destroy any political option, only so that when the next round begins, they would be able to say “Now is not the time.”
Even Naftali Bennett (!) has already understood that common sense requires rehabilitating citizens and offering hope and not merely bombing and threats. Will Netanyahu and the rest of his government get it before or after the children of the South will run back to the shelters.