'The IDF Has Technology to End the Operation in Hours'
Arutz Sheva spoke about Operation Protective Edge with Dr. Yehuda David, a key figure in exposing the libel against the IDF over false charges of killing 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura in Gaza during the 2000 Second Intifada.
David, who recently ran for Israeli president, took part in the ongoing Gaza operation.
"I'm still recuperating and couldn't take part in the actual fighting, but I was in the Gaza Belt in the regimental medical operation," noted David, who in late 2012 underwent bone marrow transplants in Boston to treat his cancer, to Arutz Sheva on Friday.
"We have a nation of heroes and an army of lions, the soldiers and the commanders simply fought like lions. We saw a Nahal Infantry battalion fight a battalion of terrorists; unfortunately we lost a soldier, but their battalion was completely wiped out," said the doctor.
IDF soldiers are being hampered by an unwillingness to give orders for decisive action against Hamas, David told Arutz Sheva, referencing the previous Gaza operations: Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Cast Lead in 2008-2009.
"What happened here again is that the army was ready to go in to the end and bring a crushing victory against the enemy, and it was once again stopped by the political echelon," argued David. "Perhaps we don't see here what they (politicians) see there, but there's a feeling that the work isn't over - a feeling of missing an opportunity."
According to the doctor, Hamas can be completely liquidated - without endangering IDF soldiers in a complicated ground entry and close-quarters urban warfare.
"A repeat entry is on the one hand essential, but very problematic. In my estimation, the IDF has all the technological measures to end this campaign in several hours; I don't understand why the political echelon doesn't use those means," questioned David.
"If they conduct another ground entry it will endanger the lives of many soldiers," said David. "I don't want to go into the details, but I know things, and there are extraordinary means, technological measures that would not be accompanied by losses."
David's appraisal of the dangers of a ground entry come as the commander of the IAF special reconnaissance Flying Camel Squadron said this week that having to abort airstrikes due to civilian presence often "sabotaged" the operation. It has been argued that the hesitancy to wage all-out-war has caused IDF deaths.