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Israeli dep. “defense” minister calls for boots back on the ground in Gaza

March 23, 2009
Matan Vilnai, from Israeli press office

Matan Vilnai, from Israeli press office

Matan Vilnai, the Israeli official who called for a “shoah (holocaust)” in Gaza last year, today — in his new appointment as Deputy “Defense” Minister (sorry, i just can’t help but putting “defense” in quotes when it comes to the Israeli military rhetoric) called for Israeli boots back on the ground inside the occupied Gaza strip.

The International Middle East Media Center reports:

“We need to conquer the areas from which mortar shells are being fired,” said Vilnai in a speech at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel. He continued, “Mortar shells are the main threat. They are (fired from) a limited (distance) of 5-6 km and we just need to be there.”

Israeli forces pulled out of Gaza in 2005, but still maintain a tight military presence on all borders between Gaza and Israel, preventing Palestinians in Gaza from leaving the Strip, and implementing a siege that has paralyzed the economy of Gaza and made commerce impossible.

Vilnai called for the re-occupation in order to, as he said, stop the Palestinian resistance from firing homemade shells across the border into Israel. He didn’t address the fact that the shelling had only resumed after Israeli forces engaged in multiple violations of a six-month ceasefire implemented between Israel and the Hamas government in Gaza.

He also criticized the system of alerts that was meant to inform citizens of Israel of Palestinian shelling, saying that there were malfunctions in the system that kept some alerts from going off. But he didn’t mention the fact that in the last Israeli invasion of Gaza, Palestinians were killed at a rate of 100 to 1, in comparison to Israeli casualties, and the Palestinians have no alert system whatsoever.”

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  1. March 25, 2009 9:15 am

    Peace
    This word “conquest” has been on the tongues of Israeli leaders since before the 29 November 1947 UNGA Partition Resolution 181. See especially David Ben-Gurion’s rhetoric. It is part of the Israeli policy of land acquisition, a policy that was evident during the writing of the Israeli Constitution. Israel’s borders were nevr mentioned in it.

    Israeli leaders seem to know nothing except the language of violence.

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