Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Israelis at war over the implications of defeat in Gaza

From Israel's Jerusalem Post - Murmurs of dissatisfaction rose from the political Left and Right Tuesday night, after Israel agreed to a cease-fire.

Meanwhile, Eshkol Regional Council chairman Haim Yellin indicated that he does not trust the cease-fire will last, saying residents of his constituency who evacuated should not return to their homes.

"It doesn't interest me what the government or Hamas say. I will only call on residents to return when I feel like there's a real cease-fire," Yellin told Channel 10 news.

Yellin also called on cabinet ministers to stay in the Eshkol Regional Council and make their decisions from there, not Jerusalem.

Just as half of the cabinet ministers were opposed to the cease-fire, many in the coalition expressed similar opinions.

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said "any agreement that doesn't include eliminating the rocket threat on residents of Israel and demilitarizing the Gaza Strip is less than half of what is necessary.

"In this reality, the defense establishment will have no choice but to prepare for the next round, which will be soon," Ariel added.

According to MK Danny Danon (Likud), in the Middle East, restraint is seen as weakness.

"Despite the heavy price Hamas paid, we did not defeat Hamas," he stated. "Fifty days of fighting, 64 soldiers killed, five civilians killed, 82,000 reservists called up and in the end we're back to the agreement from Operation Pillar of Defense." more


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