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      MK Yogev: We'll Have to Rule Gaza

      Bayit Yehudi MK and IDF colonel says: “In the end we'll have to isolate Gaza from Egypt and control it.”
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/4/2013, 1:47 AM

      MK Moti Yogev
      MK Moti Yogev
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) thinks that Israel will eventually have to regain control of Gaza, from which it withdrew completely in 2005, uprooting the communities of the Katif Bloc in the process.

      "The Palestinians make sure to remind us all the time, that there is an enemy in Gaza,” he told Arutz Sheva. “Since the eviction of Jews from the Katif Bloc there has been a strengthening of Hamas and the terror organizations, so that we will meet them in the next round in more difficult and dangerous combat.”

      MK Yogev noted that the recently exposed tunnels dug by Hamas are proof that the terrorists are not idle. “Just recently, it was published that 1,000 people are digging tunnels to Israel daily,” he said. “This is not a quest for coexistence – it is preparation for war. That is why we will have to provide a combat and security oriented solution for Gaza in the future. We do not want to launch another operation and it is not in the civilians in Gaza will suffer but since Gaza came under Hamas rule, the terror is developing, and once in a while there is a reminder in the form of a rocket that is fired or the explosion of a tunnel.

      "In the end, we will have to isolate the Gaza Strip from Egypt and rule it, as far as security and humanitarian needs are concerned. If we do not control Gaza then everything we destroy inside it will redevelop into something more threatening. That is why, with all the pain and the lack of motivation to control Gaza, the state of Israel will have to carry out an operation of this kind in order to preserve its wholeness and stability.”

      Yogev was a colonel in the IDF and commanded the elite Maglan infantry unit that operates behind enemy lines.