Israel seriously considered ‘military reoccupation’ of Gaza

"A full military reoccupation of Gaza was seriously considered," Israel's minister of intelligence Yuval Steinitz told BBC's HARDtalk.

By: Press Trust of India | Jerusalem | Published:August 28, 2014 3:02 pm
Palestinians attend a victory rally organized by masked militant of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, at the debris of destroyed houses in Shijaiyah, neighborhood of Gaza City. (Source: AP) Palestinians attend a victory rally organized by masked militant of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, at the debris of destroyed houses in Shijaiyah, neighborhood of Gaza City. (Source: AP)

Israel had seriously considered a full military reoccupation of the Gaza Strip and viewed it as “the only alternative” if Egypt failed to broker a truce and Hamas continued firing rockets, a top Israeli minister said.

Shortly before the announcement of the ceasefire, the Israeli military commanders briefed the inner security cabinet
on the next steps if the Egyptian-brokered truce talks failed. “A full military reoccupation of Gaza was seriously
considered,” Israel’s minister of intelligence Yuval Steinitz told BBC’s HARDtalk.

“If Hamas would insist on continuing the rocket firing into Israel for another few weeks, or a few months, I assume
that this would be the only alternative,” he said. A long-term ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, between Israel and Palestinian factions began on Tuesday.

The ceasefire ended 50 days of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian factions in which around 2,200 Palestinians were killed, nearly 500 of them children. Steinitz’s comments are the first official Israeli remarks on the truce that Hamas considers a victory.

“We have paid a very expensive price with 70 casualties on our side, with people that have to flee their homes in the south of Israel because of the daily barrages of rockets and mortars,” Steinitz added.

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    David Legge
    Aug 28, 2014 at 11:06 am
    It is surprising that Israel has signed a truce with Gaza when its very widely quoted objective of smashing Hamas, including the destruction of all their tunnels and arms, was not acheived.The UN in Gaza has also been on the receiving end of the mively destructive US munitions used by the IDF, and together with all the surviving people of Gaza who now find they have not been killed or driven into exile, must consider that this outcome bodes well for the future.Congratulations Palestine, you have been through . Good luck with your future!
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    Kurun Johhar
    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    When you occupy and imprison the entire potion, what do you expect?Imagine if someone did that to you.The only reason Israel exists is to be the beating stick for the Americans in the middle east.
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    baburao
    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    Another option would to burn down entire gaza strip to make way for farm land for green
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    baburao
    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm
    now they can join isis for world piece...
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    Nivas Lakshminarasimhan
    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    Well it is going to happen sooner or later. Hamas is going to continue with their agenda of seeking annihilation of Israel, and Israel isn't going to lie down and cower, but rather act to root out the threat. It is only a matter of time. And truth be told, most of us Indians stand with Israel, in this matter!
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    Robbie
    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:45 am
    For both sides this is unfinished business, when hostilities resume is anyone's guess, but Israel will be driven to reoccupy Gaza should its civilians be targeted by Hamas rockets, and resort to even more forceful action when rockets rain down from other nations.
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    Sumit
    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:36 am
    better wud be to burn you as qell, since impotent hijde ka koi kaam nahi!
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