'IDF must change retaliation policy against Gaza'

FADC chair Mofaz approves of previous night's IAF strikes against terrorists but says more vigorous response to attacks needed.

December 28, 2011 09:22
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MK Shaul Mofaz

MK Mofaz 300 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, expressed his disappointment on Wednesday with Israel's response to violence coming from the Strip, saying that IDF needs to act vigorously to destroy terror cells and deter future attacks.

"Israel needed to respond differently to the violence coming from the Strip," he explained in an interview with Army Radio. "Not to occupy Gaza, but to act in a way that would cause terrorist organizations to think twice before firing long-range missiles."

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The chairman's comments come after the Israel Air Force, working with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), launched two missile attacks against terrorist groups in Gaza Tuesday night, killing at least three. The attack came in retaliation for two short-range rockets fired into Israel by Palestinians on Sunday and Monday.

Mofaz said he approved of the IDF military action on Tuesday night, but asserted that there needs to be more comprehensive operations carried out against the leadership of terrorist groups attacking Israel.

According to Mofaz, inefficient retaliation policies, especially of the current government, have eroded the deterrence successfully created by Operation Cast Lead three years ago.

"The Islamic Jihad is funded by Iran and it needs to prove that it is using the money against Israel effectively," he added, saying that Israel has no choice but to carry out a military operation in order to defend itself.

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