'There is no option but to enter Gaza.'

Former COS Ya'alon says Lebanon War was a result of disengagement.

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"What happened last summer [in Lebanon] was a result of the disengagement' former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Moshe 'Boogie' Ya'alon said Saturday, referring to the Second Lebanon War in a television interview on Channel 2's 'Meet the Press'. Ya'alon added that due to current events, there is no option but to set out on an extensive military operation in Gaza. "The problem in Gaza will not be solved and no-one is going to solve it for us, not Egypt nor any other international force," Ya'alon emphasized. "It means we have to get to the infrastructure of terror, to the terrorists and camps, and strike there. One has to be blind not to see the absolute necessity in entering Gaza."
  • Analysis: Ya'alon displays his full political colors He emphasized that he didn't mean for the IDF to stay in Gaza, but only to "enter, clean it out, and exit." The former chief of staff also referred to the pending question of whether to evacuate Sderot residents following the Kassams, saying that "evacuating Sderot would be interpreted as a victory for terrorism. We're busy with ourselves but not with how [our actions] are perceived by the other side." Ya'alon also said that he did not support the two-state solution, calling it a 'misguided concept.'