Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon and a major in the Israel Defense Force reserves, has a truly odious op-ed for the Jerusalem Post today. The emphasis is mine.
What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated…The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.
…We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.
There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.
Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.
IF THE government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip. Not a few neighborhoods in the suburbs, as with Cast Lead, but the entire Strip, like in Defensive Shield, so that rockets can no longer be fired.
As you read this call for a scorched earth policy today, remember that Israeli Navy ships are shelling Gazan homes as you do so – hardly a precision method of waging war – and that this incitement to genocide follows hard on Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai stating that “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.”