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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:07 PM

Israelis Ponder Alternatives To 'Mowing The Lawn' In Gaza

By Christa Case Bryant, Staff writer / November 20, 2012

Not too many Israelis seem able or willing to articulate a long-term solution for Gaza. But Gilad Sharon, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has offered an unequivocal strategy: Crush the coastal territory with such force that Gaza militants will never again be able to strike Israel.

“There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity,” he wrote in a Nov. 18 Op-Ed for The Jerusalem Post, arguing that the territory has effectively become a sovereign entity under Hamas and thus bears responsibility for attacks on Israel. “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

“There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing,” he added. “Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.”

Mr. Sharon’s strong words have caused wincing both in Israel and abroad, as international pressure grows for a truce to end the fighting. But there is a strong strain of thought in Israel that sees military deterrence as the pillar of any long-term strategy. Some compare Gaza militant groups to weeds, arguing that Israel’s military needs to “mow the lawn” every few years to keep the situation under control.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:15 PM

1. gee what famous german from the 1900's thought like this? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:29 PM

8. Fortunately with today's info exchange and media, it is much harder to get away with.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:17 PM

2. Yes, kill them all, starve them, that would definitely work!

Wow, imagine if any Muslim uttered those words about Israel. Someone needs to apologize for that grotesque statement. Wincing doesn't describe the reaction people are going to have to his hateful ramblings.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:49 PM

7. Indeed and Faux news would run a continuous clip of the comment. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:37 PM

3. Is Gaza the 21st Century Warsaw ghetto?

Complete with uprising and subsequent razing.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:39 PM

4. why didn't you post this in I/P?

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Response to Mosby (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:30 PM

6. I can cross-post if you like... eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:43 PM

5. I think the inhabitants of Gaza have become so inured to hardship that nothing will stop them

Nothing short of death anyway.

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