Bombing Gaza is Not In and Of Itself a Solution

An Op-Ed by Gilad Sharon is making the rounds and getting attention for its call to “flatten Gaza.” Gilad Sharon is the son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and this phrase, like the rest of his article, is empty hyperbole from the man who has admitted being responsible for the current mess we are in.

Gilad Sharon has claimed the credit for coming up with Disengagement which turned Gaza over to Hamas. The origins of this mess began with him. And after all the empty rhetoric, Gilad Sharon’s proposal is to either retake Gaza, which would not have been necessary had  his father and his father’s corrupt replacement not pulled out of Gaza in the first place, or to bomb Gaza’s infrastructure hard enough to force Hamas to call for a ceasefire.

The second proposal is the thrust of Gilad Sharon’s Op-Ed and it’s more empty posturing. “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire,” Sharon says. But why should they? Most of Gaza may not have electricity, but Hamas leaders will be sitting in a hospital basement with generators. And even if they lose power, then so what?

Hamas is an Islamist movement. It has no problem deliberately starting conflicts that kill hundreds of its own people. Its members won’t enjoy sitting in the dark, but they feel little to no responsibility for the civilian population. The entire policy of the terrorist movements in the West Bank and Gaza has been to start conflicts that impact their own people as a publicity ploy.

Nor is Hamas going to be too concerned about financial losses. Not when Qatar and their cousins in Egypt will cover their losses.

But let’s assume that Hamas does call for a ceasefire after the power is turned off? Then we repeat the same process a year or two from now because Hamas does not honor agreements made with non-Muslims.

Israel has two options. Either destroy Hamas by wiping enough of its leaders and fighters in Gaza from the air that the organization ceases to be a viable means of controlling Gaza, or retake control of Gaza in a ground assault and accomplish the same thing the hard way. It’s doubtful that air strikes will be enough to accomplish the former, not unless Israel conducts a prolonged low intensity campaign of strikes on a daily basis. And that means retaking Gaza and undoing Gilad Sharon’s disaster, which it is doubtful that Netanyahu has the stomach for.

Bombing Gaza is not a solution in and of itself, as Gilad Sharon seems to think. Taking control of Gaza is the only answer.

  • Mary Sue

    Gaza should just be ___ing LEVELED. Then marched into and taken over. Maybe dude woke up and figured out that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is indeed insanity?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The true answer is to make the idea of being and enemy of Israel the most feared and insane
    thought in any mind no matter how evil, hateful and Islamist. Gaza should be a warming up
    practice for Iran and Syria, if Israel needs to use Nuclear weapons so it should be. The entire
    thrust of the Israeli Government should be understanding that either they mold the future or
    are snuffed by criminals, they must take the lead in determining their own future and that
    will set the World on a path it needs to be on, eschewing evil and not tollerating perfidious
    groups that live to hate, kill and destroy……………………………William

  • Chris-L

    WHOA there! "if Israel needs to use Nuclear weapons so it should be"?? I thought the idea was to target the TERRORISTS who have control of Gaza and its citizens & cowardly hide behind civilian shields, NOT destroy Gaza!!! Good grief, that's so hypocritical to denounce a group for being hellbent on killing and destruction – then doing exactly that!!! Wouldn't that be actualizing an Israeli version of the slogan Destroy Israel? That's a horrible idea – and would NOT work well for PR… OR with reassuring Gazans of the ISRAELI stated intention not to harm civilians… Now please re-think the situation not in terms of intentions but of actual events: in this regard, although numerous rockets (hundreds? thousands?) have been lobbed into Israel, as i understand it, haven't many if not most NOT resulted in injuries or death? Whereas the Israeli bomb that crushed a house and killed 11 civilians does NOT look good…! After reading these shocking comments, now I'm really worried for people living there, and the terrible prospects resulting from all this endless destruction and violence – WHICH IS WHAT I THOUGH YOU DENOUNCED?

    • Mary Sue

      You haven't got any concept of what Israel is actually dealing with, there, man.

      Palestinians are so militant they use their own children for the cause. The kids are brainwashed, man, there's no saving them. When it's that bad, it's that bad. When you have five-year olds going on Arabic TV telling the audience how they hope to be a martyr in Jihad, yeah, that's ___ked up. So ___ked up, there's little chance of changing their mind at any time.

      Any peaceful palestinian worth their salt is already living IN Israel, not Gaza.

  • Chris-L

    WHOA! WHAT?? "if Israel needs to use Nuclear weapons so it should be"??? I thought the idea was to target the terrorists who have control of Gaza and cowardly hide behind civilian shields, NOT to destroy Gaza!!! Wouldn't that be actualizing an Israeli version of the slogan 'Destroy Israel'? That's a horrible idea – totally hypocritical – and would NOT work well in terms of PR or with reassuring Gazans of the ISRAELI stated intention not to harm civilians… Please re-think the situation not in terms of intentions but of actual events: in this regard, although numerous rockets (hundreds? thousands?) have been lobbed into Israel, as i understand it, haven't many or most of them NOT resulted in injuries or death? Whereas the Israeli bomb that crushed a house and killed 11 civilians does NOT look good… I am so worried for people living there now, and the terrible results to come from all this endless destruction and violence – which is what i thought you DENOUNCED?

    • Mary Sue

      Just remember. The reason Hamas hasn't killed more Jews is that they're horribly, horribly incompetent at it. Israel is barely doing anything as it is.

  • Mary Sue

    YAY Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada) came out in support of Israel! :D

    At least someone in the West has some cojones.

  • Bartemais

    Baring a mass conversion of the Islamic peoples that would change them from their warrior religion to an actual peace loving tolerant people, there is only one other option for peace. The Western nations must hold the Arab/Islamic nations and the “Palestinian” people responsible for their lawless behavior. The moral equivalence doctrine that is the popular position at this time will never make for lasting peace. The aggression/victimhood strategy that is being acted out (very effectively) must be torn down and truth to aggression/victimhood must be proclaimed forcefully. Islam must be held accountable for its ingrained anti-Semitism and aggression against non-Islamists or the west will lose, both as regards peace in the middle-east and its own democratic systems. The question is will the west wake up in time?

  • Matt

    A ceasefire, means holding fire, so Israel has to allow while as with Lebanon the period of calm, the build of infrastructure and munitions. And then when they obtain the arsenal and strategic deterrence to trust them not to use it. The ceasefire with Hizbullah has led to 80,000 rockets and Scuds/M-600, in Gaza Fajr and silo launches. When war with Hizbullah occurs they may have 180,000 rockets, 200,000, Hamas 30,000. It pays to be nonchalant about it all. There is no point being more worried or concerned about it, than the Israeli's themselves are.

  • BLJ

    Maybe so, but it sure feels good to me.