500 Armed Palestinian Fighters Have Been Killed in Gaza War - Yoav Limor (Israel Hayom)
IDF combat brigade commanders, who met on Saturday with Chief of
Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, believe that at least 500 armed Palestinian
fighters have been killed during Operation Protective Edge, including
dozens who were trapped in tunnels as they were blown up.
86.5 Percent of Jewish Israelis Oppose Cease-Fire - Gil Hoffman (Jerusalem Post)
86.5% of Jewish Israelis agree that Israel cannot accept a
cease-fire because "Hamas continues firing missiles on Israel, not all
the tunnels have been found, and Hamas has not surrendered,"
according to a poll conducted by Mina Tzemach and released Sunday.
The Underground War on Israel - Lee Smith (Weekly Standard)
Operation Protective Edge revealed a network of attack tunnels that
end in Israel, where over the last two weeks Hamas commandos have
attempted several terrorist operations.
"Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that we are not under siege, we
are imposing a siege," says retired IDF officer Jonathan Halevi, now a
senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
"What he meant was that [Hamas] can use tunnels as a strategic
weapon. If you multiply tunnels, you can use them to send hundreds of
fighters into Israel and create havoc, totally under cover. According to
Hamas, the tunnels have changed the balance of power."
See also The Enemy Below: The Gaza Tunnels - Gerard DeGroot (Washington Post)
If a target is well-fortified, like Israel, attackers have
difficulty engaging it. By providing concealment up to the moment of
engagement, tunnels are a labor-intensive but cheap alternative.
During World War I, British miners placed 22 mines under German
trenches at Messines. Nineteen of these were detonated on June 7, 1917,
producing a blast that killed 10,000 German soldiers.
In the Vietnam War, Viet Cong rebels would hide in vast tunnel
complexes such as those at Cu Chi, which extended more than 200 miles
and could house thousands of troops for long periods.
The writer is a professor of history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Video: Hamas Fires Rockets from Abu Nur School in Gaza (Israel Defense Forces)
Hamas terrorists are seen shooting three rockets at Israel from
within the Abu Nur school in Gaza. Hamas has consistently used schools
and other public buildings as rocket launching sites.
See also Video: Hamas Fires Rockets from Civilian Areas in Gaza (Israel Defense Forces)
See also Photos and Videos: IDF Finds Weapons throughout Gaza (Israel Defense Forces)
Gazans Set International Red Cross Office on Fire in Khan Yunis - Batsheva Sobelman and Alexandra Zavis (Los Angeles Times)
Palestinian frustration boiled over Sunday in the southern Gaza town
of Khan Yunis, where the International Committee of the Red Cross said
dozens of angry residents broke into the ICRC office and set it on fire.
They were apparently angry that the organization could not assist
them, said Ran Goldstein, a spokesman for the ICRC in Israel.
Israel Offered Medical Aid to Gazans, But the PA Refused to Accept It - Itay Gal (Ynet News)
Israel's Health Ministry offered humanitarian aid worth millions of
shekels to Gaza, but the Palestinian Authority has refused to accept
The aid includes medicine, and chemotherapy and medical equipment that is ready to be transferred to the PA.
Earlier this week, Israel's Magen David Adom said it offered to
send blood donations to Gaza in order to help wounded Palestinians, but
the PA refused to accept that offer as well.
Health Minister Yael German told Ynet: "We offered full medical treatment to Gaza citizens in any of our hospitals and will continue to offer that."
"The State of Israel has no desire to hurt the people of Gaza. We
didn't go to war to kill, but rather to defend the people of Israel, and
will continue offering full humanitarian aid to the Palestinians for as
long as we can."
"Hamas Will Resume Tunneling as Soon as We Leave" - Mitch Ginsburg (Times of Israel)
Israel will not find all of the cross-border tunnels in Gaza during this operation,
Col. (res.) Atai Shelach, former commander of the combat engineering unit that tackles the tunnels, said Sunday.
"And the moment we leave, they will start digging again."
The Return of the Tank - Yossi Yehoshua (Ynet News)
Infantry brigade commanders in Gaza report that the death toll would
have been much higher without the tanks that escorted their troops.
First-hand accounts by soldiers and commanders emphasize that they
would not be able to achieve the objectives of the ground operation
without the firepower, protection, and mobility of the tanks.
The tanks' new Trophy defense system has intercepted 10 anti-tank missiles, saving the lives of dozens of soldiers.
During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, 47 tanks were hit.
War "Statistics" and the New York Times - Gil Lavi (Gatestone Institute)
The "Daily Tally" in the New York Times, a casual-sounding infographic, presents a side-by-side count of casualties and missiles in Gaza and Israel.
Although ostensibly a clear representation of violence, it is seriously misleading.
Numbers and graphics are a compelling way to prove a point, and a lousy way of explaining what is really going on.
During World War II, it is estimated that 378,000 German civilians
were killed in British air raids, compared to only 62,000 British
civilians killed in German air raids.
The Daily Tally quantifies two elements related to the conflict:
the number of deaths and the number of attacks. It does not reveal who
started the latest round of battle or who the dead are.
The numbers simply attempt authoritatively to represent an amount of violence, devoid of all context.
When Anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine - Dr. Afshine Emrani (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
On July 23, The Lancet published
an extremely biased analysis of the situation in Gaza by members of pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel.
Two Israeli physicians wrote a response in-between sirens in Tel Aviv and reserve duty in the south.
Last week, Israel set up a field hospital near the Gaza crossing to
provide care for those caught in the crossfire. Hamas shot mortars at
the field hospital on July 23.
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- Netanyahu: The Only Path to Sustainable Quiet Is the Egyptian Initiative - Candy Crowley
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview Sunday:
"Hamas doesn't even accept its own cease-fire. It's continuing to fire
at us as we speak. Israel has accepted five cease-fires since this
conflict began, five. We accepted them and we implemented them,
including two humanitarian cease-fires in the last 24 hours which Hamas
rejected, as they rejected all the other cease-fires."
"Hamas is simply continuing all its operations. And Israel will not
let this terror organization decide when it's convenient for them and
not convenient for them to attack our people, [and] when it's convenient
for them to restock and reload."
"Israel is doing what any other country would do, and certainly the
U.S. would do. If 80% of your population were under fire and you had 60
seconds or 90 seconds to get into bomb shelters, if terror tunnels were
dug underneath your border in order to come in and explode your
kindergartens and massacre your people and kidnap American citizens, you
would take action. If America was attacked by land, by sea, by air, you
would take action. So, Israel is taking action."
"Obviously, we hope we can get a sustainable quiet as soon as
possible. I think the only path to do that is by adopting the Egyptian
initiative....We need demilitarization. That's critical."
"People said to us, enable concrete and cement to go into Gaza so
they can rebuild, build schools, build hospitals and so on. They took
all that cement and built this vast tunnel network penetrating into
Israel, so they can come out under our towns, our cities, our schools
and explode our children."
"Remember, Hamas is firing at our cities, at our people, firing from
these areas, from these homes, schools, mosques, hospitals....So,
what would you do? Would you say, all right, we can't do anything
because they are hiding behind civilians...and therefore [the U.S.]
should absorb attacks on its own civilians, on its own forces?"
"You don't want to give the terrorists immunity because they use
civilians as a human shield. That's a mistake. I don't think Americans
or Europeans or Asians or anyone else would want to have this
established as a principle." (CNN)
- White House: Obama and Netanyahu Discuss Gaza
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again Sunday by phone
about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the U.S.'
strong condemnation of Hamas' rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel
and reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself. The President also
reiterated the U.S.' serious and growing concern about the rising number
of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well
as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Building on Secretary Kerry's efforts, the President made clear the
strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional
humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a
permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire
agreement. The President reaffirmed the U.S.' support for Egypt's
initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end
The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring
Israel's security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza's humanitarian
crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows
Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza's long-term
development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian
Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any
lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the
disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.
- UN Security Council Calls for Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Based on the Egyptian Initiative - Michelle Nichols
The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday expressing
strong support for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian
ceasefire" in Gaza, where Israeli troops and Hamas have been fighting
for nearly three weeks. The Security Council statement, drafted by
Jordan, "calls on parties to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and
fully respected cease-fire, based on the Egyptian initiative." (Reuters)
- Israel to UN: Stand with Us Against Terrorism
Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor says the sentiment behind the UN
Security Council statement on Gaza did not reflect what Israel has to
deal with. He called on members to "stand with Israel" in the fight
"against terrorism." "Every single time the international community
calls for a cease-fire, we cease and Hama fires."
"Make no mistake - Hamas is not working alone," Prosor said. "It
is funded by Qatar and Iran. Every rocket flying out of Gaza could bear
the imprint 'courtesy of Tehran.'" (Radio Australia)
See also Hamas Has Fired 2,500 Rockets at Israel
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said Hamas has fired 2,500
rockets at Israel, and reiterated that if Israel were not facing rocket
attacks, it would not need to carry out its own strikes.
"We did everything we could to avoid this conflict, but Hamas refused to
stop the attacks. Israel agreed to five cease-fire proposals; Hamas
rejected or broke all of them, even the ones that they requested
themselves." (VOA News)
See also Israel's UN Envoy Slams Security Council
Israel's ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said, "The presidential
statement miraculously managed to not mention the Hamas or rockets or
Israel's right to defend its citizens....We have grown tired of the
vilification and demonization of the only democracy in the Middle
East." (Times of Israel)
- Clinton: Any Enrichment by Iran Could Trigger Arms Race - Amy Harder
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that any Iranian
uranium enrichment could trigger a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East.
"I believe strongly that it's really important for there to be so little
enrichment or no enrichment at least for a long period of time because I
do think any enrichment will trigger an arms race in the Middle East,"
Clinton said on CNN in an interview with Fareed Zakaria.
(Wall Street Journal)
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- Investigation: IDF Fire Did Not Killed Palestinians at UNRWA School
The IDF has conducted a comprehensive inquiry
regarding the incident in which an UNRWA school was fired upon. The inquiry
concluded that during intense fighting between IDF forces and Hamas
militants, the militants operated adjacent to the UNRWA school. The
militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers, who then responded by
firing several mortars in their direction. The documented footage presented here concluded that a
single errant mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school when it
was completely empty.
In light of the inquiry's findings, the IDF rejects the claim that people
were killed on the school premises as a result of IDF operational activity.
- IDF Limits Itself to Destroying Tunnels in Gaza, Responding to Rocket Fire
On Monday the IDF returned fire after a Palestinian rocket fired from
Gaza landed in Ashkelon. IDF forces continued working to destroy the
Hamas tunnels, and described the current situation is an "unlimited
cease-fire," in which Israel will only hit targets when provoked.
See also Palestinians in Gaza Fire 56 Rockets and Mortars into Israel Sunday - Ben Hartman (Jerusalem Post)
- In Private, Harsh Criticism for Hamas - Daniel Siryoti and Lilach Shoval
"Gaza cannot stand another month of fighting. The Israelis have turned
entire neighborhoods to dust - infrastructures were entirely ruined and
we were brought decades back," one Gaza reporter told Israel Hayom.
He claimed many feel the same as him, but fear reprisal from the Hamas
intelligence and security apparatus: "Anyone who dares criticize Hamas
is immediately branded a collaborator and helper of Israel, but everyone
knows that we, the simple residents, have paid dearly for Hamas'
adventurism." (Israel Hayom)
See also Gazan Public Is Reeling from the Destruction - Avi Issacharoff
A statement Sunday by Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accepting a 24-hour
humanitarian truce marks the first indication that Hamas is starting to
break. There's no surrender, but the message is a sign of significant
Something has changed over the last few days. The group's political
leaders sound different, less decisive, less fiery. Gazans want Hamas
to stop. The Gazan public is exhausted and being forced to deal with a
situation akin to an earthquake: thousands of homes completely
destroyed, thousands more damaged, 1,050 people dead (including
hundreds of gunmen) and 6,000 injured - and all this on the eve of Eid
al-Fitr, a major Muslim holiday.
(Times of Israel)
- Inside Gaza with the Givati Brigade - Lilach Shoval
After we enter Gaza, Maj. Yaron, the Givati Brigade operations officer,
says, "There are booby trapped houses here. In several cases, we fired
at a house and the entire structure disappeared. The entire building
went up in the air."
The Givati troops arrived at this Hamas stronghold from behind, from
an entry point that the terrorists didn't anticipate. "The fact that
we surrounded them had an effect," Yaron explains. "At first there was
a lot of contact. They fired anti-tank missiles and small arms. But
then the terrorists simply fled. They disappeared, leaving behind a lot
of ammunition. They don't have commanders in the field. Their company
commanders, regiment commanders, brigade commanders are all
"We also found a control room with antennas and televisions. A war
room designed to collect information about the Israel Defense Forces,
about our troops. It was booby trapped with explosives, and when we
realized that we blew it up," says Maj. Netanel, a Givati Brigade
Brigade Commander Col. Ofer Vinter said, "The IDF is winning by
doing what it knows how to do....I say to the Israeli public: Don't be
afraid for us. The IDF is strong. Sometimes things aren't easy, but the
fighting isn't so hard here. They fight and run." (Israel Hayom)
- The Battle of Sejaiya - 1 - Gili Cohen
During the fighting in Sejaiya in Gaza on July 20, the Golani Brigade
had been under fire for several hours, said an IDF officer involved in
the fighting. "The enemy was spread in every direction, and was
shooting....Working with the knowledge of the enemy's location, we put
all the Golani soldiers in the Namers [the army's best APCs]...and we
laid down fire" only 100 meters away. Artillery fired 600 shells at
Sejaiya as planes bombed from above, "after which there was no more
shooting from there, not even light weapons."
The next day as well, in an aerial attack that included about 100
one-ton bombs, the Israel Air Force dropped bombs only about 250 meters
away from IDF ground troops. (Ha'aretz)
See also The Battle of Sejaiya - 2 - Yaakov Lappin
A senior army source from the Artillery Corps provided a chilling
account on Sunday of the battle that raged in Sejaiya on July 20, when a
Golani infantry force sent to search for tunnels came under a massive
attack by Hamas' Shejaia Battalion, made up of 8-900 highly trained
armed men. In a coordinated fashion, the gunmen emerged from "the metro
under Sejaiya" and launched a massive wave of anti-tank, mortar,
sniper and automatic gunfire from buildings surrounding the Golani
force. "I saw that enemy cells had come to within 40 meters of our
At this stage, the Artillery Corps mapped out the location of enemy
forces, and three artillery battalions rained fire on Sejaiya while
Hamas continued to blast the soldiers with mortars from all around the
neighborhood. After 20 minutes of shelling, silence ensued.
The Kerry Mission
- Kerry Proposal Gives New Life to Muslim Brotherhood Alliance - Ari Shavit
Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Secretary
of State John Kerry put on the table as a "strategic terrorist attack."
His decision to go hand in hand with Qatar and Turkey, and formulate a
framework amazingly similar to the Hamas framework, was catastrophic. It
put wind in the sails of Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshal, allowed
the Hamas extremists to overcome the Hamas moderates, and gave renewed
life to the weakened regional alliance of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Ha'aretz)
- He Came, He Saw, He Muddled - Herb Keinon
It takes a certain artistry to irritate and annoy not only the Israeli
left and the Israeli right at the same time, but also both Jerusalem and
Secretary of State John Kerry has found that artistry.
Kerry presented a proposal to Israel that included many of Hamas'
demands but none of Israel's. This provided Hamas with a badly needed
tailwind. Sure, they were getting clobbered, but they were getting
what they wanted. The world was talking to them, recognizing their
standing in Gaza, presenting their demands.
In 2002, just a week after Israel launched Operation Defensive
Shield at the height of the Second Intifada and moved back into the
major West Bank cities, then-U.S. President George Bush lost patience
with Israel and said he expected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to withdraw
"now, not tomorrow." Sharon's answer: Israel would continue to "fight
relentlessly" against terrorism. Israel views its interests
differently, and when it feels its vital interests are on the line, will
act as it sees fit.
- Kerry's Intervention in the Gaza War Empowers Hamas - David Horovitz
It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have
drafted a cease-fire initiative that did not require the dismantling
of Hamas' rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli
border. It seemed inconceivable that the initiative would specify the
need to address Hamas' demands, as though Hamas were a legitimate
Israel and the U.S. are meant to be allies; the U.S. is meant to be
committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of
neighborhoods; together, the U.S. and Israel are meant to be trying to
marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free
world. Yet here was the top U.S. diplomat appearing to accommodate a
vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel's destruction, with a
formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.
What emerges from Kerry's self-initiated cease-fire mission - Israel
had already accepted the Egyptian cease-fire proposal; and nobody asked
him to come - is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and
dangerous. (Times of Israel)
The Gaza War
- In This Gaza War, the Truth Is Buried - Jeffrey Goldberg
Much of the world suffers from a kind of Hamas-specific amnesia, in
which the group's past deeds (hundreds of murdered Israelis) and extreme
goals are forgotten as soon as they are learned.
The tunnels give me real pause. It's hard enough to imagine a
situation in which your neighbors are quite intentionally trying to blow
up your house and kill your children with rockets. But Hamas'
well-developed kidnapping strategy with handcuffs and tranquilizers at
the ready represents a whole other category of depravity. The core
depravity of Hamas is its longstanding policy of treating every Jew as a
target for elimination.
What would you want your government to do if your enemy was digging
tunnels under your village, in order to pop out at night to kill or
kidnap you? Could you imagine taking the risk that members of your
family might be seized, dragged underground, handcuffed and
tranquilized, and then held in the dark, perhaps for years? Hamas
terrorists have recently emerged from these tunnels inside Israel
multiple times. This is not a theoretical threat.
This is why Israelis appear adamant that any cease-fire must
eradicate the threat of these kidnapping tunnels, at a minimum. Israel
must ensure that its citizens aren't kidnapped and murdered by a group
that seeks not an equitable two-state solution but the annihilation of
- American Jews Are Standing with Israel - Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
Despite gruesome pictures of civilian casualties in Gaza, American
Jewish support for Israel has been unwavering. According to the most
recent CNN poll, a majority of Americans believe that Israel's
actions in Gaza are justified. Jewish support for Israel comes from
across the religious and political spectrum. Apart from fringe
elements, American Jews of all persuasions back Israel's position.
The rule of thumb is that when Israeli Jews are more or less of
one mind, American Jews will be united too. Most Jews in Israel,
whatever their political orientation or religious outlook, despise Hamas
and support the war that their government is waging; and not
surprisingly, most American Jews agree with them. "We are one" is our
slogan, and also our reality.
Are American Jews repelled by all the killing? Of course. But
they want the fighting to end on terms that will disarm Hamas and not
simply pave the way to another round of rockets and terror. The writer served as president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1996 to 2012.
- Some Israel-Gaza Notes - David Bernstein
Secretary of State Kerry recently presented a cease-fire proposal. The
Israeli cabinet rejected it unanimously. The cabinet includes
individuals from several parties ranging from left to right who
rarely agree on anything. How can a diplomat publicly offer a cease-fire
proposal to a friendly country when you have no support whatsoever for
it. Israel currently prefers Egyptian mediation to American mediation.
The media has engaged in journalistic malpractice by reporting
casualty figures for civilians coming from Gaza as gospel. The figures
come from the Gazan Ministry of Health, which is controlled by Hamas.
The ministry counts everyone not in uniform as a civilian. Most Hamas
fighters don't wear uniforms.
Al-Jazeera published names and ages of the early casualties, and about 3/4 were men of fighting age.
The Israeli media reports that, based on interrogations of captured
Hamas fighters, Hamas was planning a major massacre for the Jewish New
Year in September, with dozens of fighters simultaneously attacking
border towns via Hamas' tunnels. Most support for an early cease-fire
dried up after this report, as Israeli opinion turned from "we need a
period of quiet from the missiles" to "we need to get rid of Hamas'
offensive military capacity." The writer is a professor at the George Mason University School of Law.
- The UN, Hamas, and Alice in Wonderland - Irwin Cotler
The UN Human Rights Council's vote to launch an international inquiry
into alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel
of "sentence first, verdict afterwards," because the resolution
presupposes Israeli guilt. If precedent - such as the Goldstone
Commission following the 2009 war - be the guide, the inquiry will
likely marginalize war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by
Israel is systematically denied equality before the law in the
international arena. Israel must respect human rights, but the rights of
Israel deserve equal respect. Human rights standards should be applied
to Israel, but must be equally applied to all others. Regrettably, this
prejudicial UN decision will only encourage Hamas criminality, with
Israeli and Palestinian civilians themselves as the tragic victims. The writer is a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
See also Depravity at the UN Human Rights Council - Anne Bayefsky
The UN Human Rights Council voted on July 23 to launch an
"investigation" into what the Council decided in advance were Israel's
violations of Palestinian rights. The vote was 29 in favor, 1 against
[the U.S.], and 17 abstentions. The majority of the UN world cheered -
Before the vote, the UN staff announced that the initial price tag
for Goldstone II will be $2,321,500 - 22% of which will come from the
- While Hamas Prevails in Gaza, Prospects for Peace Are Remote - Editorial
Gaza's citizens voted for Hamas in 2006. The price of that electoral
choice has been a series of armed conflicts, provoked by Hamas, in which
Israel has defended itself robustly. Gaza citizens who long for peace,
not bloodshed, and economic infrastructure rather than rockets must
grasp the reality that while Hamas prevails, the prospect of sustainable
peace is remote, at best. Hostilities will erupt periodically while
Hamas, with its passionate commitment to Israel's destruction, retains
its hold on Gaza. (The Australian)
Can Israel Achieve a Demilitarized Gaza? - David Horovitz interviews Col. Richard Kemp (Times of Israel)
Col. Richard Kemp, a former commander of British troops in
Afghanistan, is notorious for his robust defense of the morality of
Israel's army and his empathy for the challenges Israel faces from Hamas
and other Islamic extremist groups seeking its destruction.
He cautioned, "It's preferable to end with a diplomatic
solution only if and when the IDF believes there has been sufficient
damage to Hamas and/or you are confident that Hamas is so restricted as
to significantly reduce the threat it poses."
He did recommend something Israel could do to boost its
security - encroaching deeper into Gaza to carve out "a more substantial
buffer zone that would provide some defense against the cross border
tunnels." But he immediately acknowledged that there would be heavy
international criticism for the removal of Gaza's civilian population
that this would entail.
"The language of extreme violence has more leverage here [in
this region]. But that's not on the table in the 21st century....That's
not feasible or desirable." Therefore, he concluded, "You're in an
enduring situation....It's a matter of containment, rather than
He added, "As the Gaza lessons show, how could Israel possibly
come to any agreement with the Palestinian Authority which would allow
them full sovereignty in the West Bank? Maybe in 20, 50 years. But in
the world today, it's not possible for Israel, with its security needs,
to withdraw its forces significantly from the West Bank."
Israel deserves full support for what is a "legal, lawful
operation, [a case of] Israel defending itself," he said. When that full
support is not forthcoming, that encourages the extremists.