Security Experts View "Day After" War Ends in Gaza

(JNS) David Isaac - Israeli security experts discussed the "day after" the current war in Gaza at a conference in Ashkelon on Jan. 25, organized by the Israel Defense and Security Forum (IDSF). Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, co-founder and chairman of IDSF, said Israel must control the Egyptian border "indefinitely" to prevent the flow of weapons, terrorists and money into Gaza. The IDF must be able to operate anywhere in Gaza, "just like it can anywhere in Judea and Samaria." Israel also needs a security perimeter to give the IDF time to act against terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Israel. In civilian affairs, Avivi said, "no one but Israel" can ensure the denazification of Gaza's population, which has been marinated in antisemitism, adding that the UAE and Saudi Arabia may also have a role, as they have experience dealing with this within their own populations. Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, a senior fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), said that the U.S. and Europe mistakenly believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the main issue. "They don't understand that the head of the snake is Iran. If we're able to defeat Hamas in Gaza, we'll be able to change the entire swing of the pendulum of Iranian power against us. We'll move the pendulum in the opposite direction and weaken the Iran axis."

2024-01-28 00:00:00

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