Israeli minister: Gaza a lost cause

The Annapolis peace parley will focus on the West Bank since Gaza “is already a lost cause,” an Israeli minister said.

 

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter during a tour of Moshav Nativ Ha’asara, located on the border with Gaza, said Sunday that Israel must deal with Hamas in order to stop Kassam rockets from raining on Israel’s southern border.

 

Dichter also blamed Egypt’s negligence in patrolling the border for Hamas’ ability to continue to smuggle arms into Gaza. He added that military operations in Gaza are unavoidable.

 

“Hamas has become a terrorist army, armed and structured exactly like a full-fledged military force,” he said. “I suggest a three-tiered course of action: operations against the ongoing rocket fire, operations against Hamas’ growing power and operations against its ability to act.”

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