FM: Israel will need to overthrow Hamas

Liberman tells Channel 2 that launching IDF ground operation to occupy Gaza and overthrow Hamas regime would take 4 months.

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November 22, 2012 20:37
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman

Avigdor Liberman 370. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir)

 
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday that despite the government’s decision to agree to a cease-fire on Wednesday, Israel would “eventually need to overthrow the Hamas regime” in Gaza.

Liberman said in an interview with Channel 2 that a ground operation in Gaza would entail reoccupying the Gaza Strip, and partaking in such an effort only two months before an election was the wrong move.

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“The occupation of Gaza and the overthrow of Hamas is a process that would take more than four months.”

Liberman added that the government decided to agree to the cease-fire despite the fact that they knew “the public was against it.”

The foreign minister said that the cease-fire was the best agreement Israel could have made at this time. He said that Israel had met its three goals for the mission: stopping rocket fire on the South, regaining Israel’s power of deterrence and destroying Hamas’s stock of long-range Fajr 5 missiles.

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday rejected the notion that Israeli public opinion against a cease-fire agreement with Hamas should have any bearing on the Israeli leadership’s decision-making process.

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“We don’t have to listen to the public on these issues – the leadership must make the decisions,” Barak said in an interview with Channel 2 when asked about the perceived unpopularity of the cease-fire among the public.

Barak expressed confidence that the cease-fire with Gaza factions would be “relatively long,” adding that “Hamas did not truly achieve anything – Israel has control of all the understandings with them.”

He rejected the idea that the conflict ended in a victory for Hamas, stating that Gazans were celebrating imaginary feats that did not actually occur, such as the alleged shooting down of an Israeli F-16 and rockets falling in Tel Aviv and causing damage.

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