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‘We will yet return to Gush Katif’

A group of IDF reserves awaiting deployment into the Gaza Strip become a mini YouTube sensation with controversial song

'We will yet return to Gush Katif' sings this group of reserves along the Gaza border. (YouTube screenshot)

Some of the Israeli reserves soldiers stationed on the Gaza border are calling for Israel to resettle the Gaza Strip — in song.

In a video posted yesterday, a group of reserves soldiers recorded “The Protective Edge Anthem,” named after Israel’s 10-day-old operation in Gaza, which had until then consisted solely of airstrikes.

Israeli soldiers are discouraged from expressing political opinions in uniform, but this group of reserves waiting along the Gaza border for the imminent ground invasion doesn’t hold back in a satirical number posted to YouTube, which has echoes of a Sephardic liturgical tune.

The song calls for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “kick out all the Ahmed Tibis,” a reference to Arab-Israeli Knesset member Ahmed Tibi.

Later, it asks center-left Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, “what have you left for Hanin Zouabi,” another Arab-Israeli Knesset member, who is known for her anti-Zionist views.

Perhaps most controversially, the song declares that “We will yet return to Gush Katif,” the Gaza settlements Israel evacuated in 2005.
“We’ll kick out the Arabs,” the song continues.

So far, the song has garnered almost 15,000 views.

— Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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