Levran Mocks New IDF Policy

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.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 15:04

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."