Knesset member: Retake Gaza, put civilians in ‘tent camps’

Moshe Feiglin says Gazans should be given ‘generous’ incentives to relocate — after all fighters and ‘their supporters’ killed

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin addresses the Knesset plenum during a debate of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (photo credit: Flash90)
Likud MK Moshe Feiglin addresses the Knesset plenum during a debate of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (photo credit: Flash90)

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin called for Israel to reconquer the Gaza Strip and for the military to set up tent encampments for Gaza civilians near the Sinai border, “until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

In a lengthy Facebook post last week that was addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Feiglin pointed out what he perceived to be the failures of Israel’s current Gaza campaign, and outlined key actions he said must be taken immediately.

Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, said that “Oslo is finished” and there are “no two states for two people; there is only one state for one nation.”

Urging a change of strategy, he wrote that Israel must redefine the enemy — “radical Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety”–  the mission and the strategic goal of the operation and “reconquer Gaza” while killing all the fighting forces and “their supporters.”

With a vision of “turning Gaza into Jaffa,” Feiglin said the Palestinian enclave can become a “flourishing Israeli city with a minimum of hostile residents.”

He went on to say that tent encampments should be set up near the border with Egypt’s Sinai region — “far from the built-up areas of rocket launchers and tunnels until relevant emigration destinations are determined.” Areas that were previously inhabited should be cut off from power and water and a massive bombing campaign should destroy all the Hamas installations, he said.

Feiglin envisioned that Israel should then start finding countries to take the refugees; those who go willingly will receive a “generous economic aid package,” upon arriving at their destinations, he said.

“Those who insist on staying and can prove no links to Hamas must publicly sign an oath of fealty to Israel,” Feiglin continued, adding that they would will then receive Israeli identification cards.

Israeli law would then be applied to the entire of the Gaza Strip and those settlers who were evacuated from the Palestinian enclave nine years ago would be invited to return to their communities, he said.

“The city of Gaza and its suburbs will be rebuilt as Israeli touristic and commercial sites,” he wrote.

The war in Gaza has claimed the lives of 64 soldiers and three civilians so far on the Israeli side. Over 3,000 rockets have been launched at Israeli cities in the month-long conflict.

Health officials in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip say that some 1,800 Palestinians have been killed since the fighting began, most of them civilians and many of them children. Israel counters that 900 of them were gunmen, and reports having struck some 4,800 targets in the Palestinian enclave. Israel has blamed Hamas for the death and destruction in Gaza, since it emplaced its rockets, rocket launchers, cross-border tunnel openings and other military infrastructure in homes, schools and mosques, and thus used Gazans as human shields.

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