(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government has left Israel powerless this
past week as terror wore out its people, Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) said Tuesday
morning in an Israel Radio interview.
Mofaz said that it was a
mistake to not apologize immediately to Egypt for the death of its
soldiers and to not say that it wants to keep the peace between the two
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The MK also responded to criticism of OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen.
Tal Russo following last week's attacks near Eilat, saying Russo is one of the best officers in the
IDF and adding, "We all make mistakes [when confronted with) a
complicated reality and Russo should continue in his position."
Earlier this week, during a tour of southern cities hit by rocket fire from Gaza, Mofaz (Kadima)
called for the government to “stop the war of attrition" and destroy Hamas’s
“Israel is dealing with terrorist attacks, and the
government must decide if it is continuing to wage a war of attrition, or if it
will begin to use its deterrence capabilities by attacking the heads of Hamas in
order to destroy the organization and bring its downfall,” Mofaz said during the
committee’s trip to Ashdod, Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi.
On Monday, a senior diplomatic official said Israel has not entered a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, and will continue to
take action to thwart any terrorist action, be it the firing of rockets
or attempts to infiltrate Israel coming from the Gaza Strip,
At the same time the
official said if there were quiet from the other side, Israel would not
initiate a major military action inside Gaza. This decision, he
explained, was motivated by a number of factors, including the situation
in Egypt, Syria and the Palestinian Authority, as well as the number of
Iron Dome batteries Israel could deploy.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers
concluded at a 3 a.m. meeting on Monday that Israel will not respond to the attacks from Gaza with a large-scale
Diplomatic sources expressed concern that escalation in the South could
upset Egypt and and hurt Israel at the UN vote for Palestinian statehood