Liberman: Next Round of Gaza Fighting Should be the Last

February 23, 2015  

Yisrael Beytenu chair and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman arrived on Monday morning to the Givat Kobi overlook located in the northwest of the city of Sderot, near the Gaza border in Israel’s south.

At the overlook which provides a view of Gaza City, Liberman spoke about the Hamas terrorist threat and the “fourth round” which he says is only a matter of time.

“The main problem for Israel is the lethal combination between the release of thousands of terrorists and not giving the order to defeat the Hamas rule,” said Liberman.

Explaining the collapse in deterrence, he continued: “every terrorist who conducts an attack against Israeli citizens knows with certainty that in one deal or another in the end he will be freed, in the meantime he’s in jail learning for a bachelor’s and master’s degree, his family gets a monthly stipend of 12,000 shekels, and as far as he’s concerned he isn’t taking any risk.”

“The way to put an end to this phenomenon is to do what the King of Jordan did when the Jordanian pilot was burned, in the way he acted – that’s exactly how the state of Israel has to act,” said Liberman.

In responding to the burning alive of pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh by Islamic State (ISIS), Jordan executed terrorists and launched an intense series of airstrikes against ISIS in revenge.

After three terror wars started by Hamas against Israel, Liberman warned: “the fourth round against Hamas is just a matter of time. We are providing them with electricity and they use it to rebuild attack tunnels and create more and more rockets. The main question is how to prevent a fifth round, how to make the fourth round be the last one.”

“We have to give an order to the IDF to topple the Hamas rule. Without that we can’t hold a routine where every two years we go into an operation, every two years four million people run to shelters, stop studies, stop work,” said Liberman. “No reasonable state could allow that for itself.”

Liberman called for “the next operation to be the last operation, and it must end with the collapse of Hamas rule.”

When asked about claims that his Yisrael Beytenu party isn’t properly confronting the social problems facing Israel, Liberman denied the claims, saying his party’s “MK Orly Levy was chosen as the best MK and she worked all the time on the social issue.”

“Only thanks to Yisrael Beytenu we passed a law that doubled the release stipend to released soldiers. We submitted bills on the topics of cost of living, price supervision and a solution to the housing crisis, which we didn’t get to pass in the first reading but still stands on the table,” said Liberman.

Despite the tough talk, some sources on the right have accused Liberman of making strong right-wing statements to cover for his controversial national plan recently announced in his campaign.

The plan calls to give massive parts of Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in establishing a state for them, including land swaps of areas outside of Judea and Samaria.

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