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Levran Mocks New IDF Policy

By Hillel Fendel Arutz Sheva September 28, 2005

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Levran, a former senior IDF Intelligence officer,
has nothing but ridicule for the government’s claims of a “new strategic
offensive policy” regarding the Gaza Strip.

Commentators have noted that yesterday was the first time since the Six Day
War in 1967 that Israeli artillery fired into Gaza, in response to the latest
Kassam rocket attacks on Sderot and environs. Levran, speaking with
Arutz-7, is singularly unimpressed.

“I don’t want to be coarse,” Levran said, “but it appears to be quite
pitiful. The Israel Air Force (IAF) has every advantage over mere artillery, and
the IAF has been attacking Gaza for the past few days, so what’s the great new
strategy involved in firing artillery? This is just a way of throwing dust
in the eyes of the Israeli public, in order to cover up for the terrible
crime of the disengagement.”

“Not to mention,” Levran continued, “that the artillery has been fired
towards empty areas. But if women and children are eventually hit, there will be
an immediate uproar, and the artillery will stop right away. They are simply
throwing words into the air. A better choice of words would be ‘all-out war
against terrorism’ – and they must mean every syllable. It must be a constant,
24-hour struggle to pursue terrorists.”

“What we’re hearing now,” the former intelligence officer said, “that if the
Kassams are stopped, then we [Israel] will also stop firing – that’s worth
nothing; big deal. They [the terrorists] will simply continue bringing in
more weapons, and they’ll surprise us with longer-range rockets, and
anti-aircraft weaponry, and the like.”

Levran ruled out a ground attack on Gaza, because “as long as there are no
communities there, not a drop of Jewish blood must be spilt in Gaza – and a
ground attack would certainly cost us lives. Instead, we have to constantly
batter the terrorists from the air, with no mercy and no rest. That is what
could be called an all-out war against terrorism – not firing against empty
areas or buildings.”

Israel has threatened the leading terrorists that they will end up like
former Hamas head Abdel Aziz Rantisi – dead by Israeli rocket attacks – if they
continue their anti-Israel attacks, and that Kassam rocket attacks will draw
a deadly reaction from the IDF. Again, Levran was not impressed:
“Why are they threatening? Let them do it already! All they do is threaten
and talk… When 40 Kassams were fired on Sderot a few days ago, the Israeli
response towards empty areas and buildings was barely anything at all. It’s
just not serious. He [Sharon] should decide that he wants to defeat terrorism,
and take the international pressures in their proper limited context, and
then he might even succeed. If not, it’s just another round against the
terrorists, with no end in sight.”

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