IDF offers cabinet grim assessment of Gaza reoccupation

The IDF presented its assessment of a possible reoccupation of the Gaza Strip to the security cabinet this evening, saying that the cost of reestablishing Israeli control over the entire territory would be hundreds of soldiers’ lives, endangering peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and tens of billions of shekels per year, Channel 2 reports.

According to diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal, the cost in Palestinian lives would spike into the thousands, and the clearing of the territory of terrorist threats would take no less than five years, the IDF says.

“We would long for [the days of Israel’s occupation of] southern Lebanon,” an IDF official said.

None of the ministers present voiced approval, the channel says.

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