Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has reiterated that using military force against the occupied Gaza Strip is still an option, Israeli Public Broadcaster Kan reported today.
“I visited the Southern Command [of the Israeli army] in the Gaza periphery,” Kan reported Gantz as saying, “using military forces is still an option on the table.”
“I want to make clear to everyone in the region that using military forces is not separated from our commitment to regain our prisoners and missing persons in the hands of Hamas,” the Israeli Defense Minister added.
Earlier this month, Al-Quds Al-Araby reported that Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh had revealed that talks between the movement and Israel about a potential prisoner swap had started through the Egyptian mediator. He gave no more details.
“When it comes to war, Gantz is Netanyahu on steroids. He has participated, orchestrated or led many military campaigns, including ones aimed at suppressing any resistance in Gaza, in Lebanon and during the previous popular uprisings,” Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud wrote in a recent article.
“For Gantz, war is the answer, as indicated by one of his campaign slogans, ‘Only the strong survive’,” Baroud added.
Source: The Palestine Chronicle