Former Israeli lawmaker wishes to turn Gaza into ‘Dresden’

(MENAFN) In a recent interview, former Knesset lawmaker and member of the Likud party, Moshe Feiglin, made provocative statements regarding the conflict in Gaza, advocating for a forceful approach. His comments have since gained traction on social media, drawing both criticism and support.

Feiglin's assertion that Gaza should be leveled to the ground and its Palestinian inhabitants expelled to Egypt has ignited a fiery debate. Drawing a parallel to the devastating World War II bombing of the German city of Dresden, he emphasized the urgency of a decisive response to the recent Hamas attack.

In the interview with the Israel News Network (INN), Feiglin stressed the need to completely dismantle Gaza, targeting both surface structures and underground tunnels, before deploying ground forces. He proposed a strategy that would compel the population to seek refuge in Rafiah, creating a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions.

The former lawmaker invoked historical examples, citing the demolition of Gush Katif, an Israeli settlement within Gaza, in 2005, and the bulldozing of Yamit, a settlement in Sinai, following the 1982 peace treaty with Egypt. Feiglin argued that anything less than such comprehensive action would leave Israel vulnerable to recurring threats, potentially even more severe in nature.

Feiglin did not mince words when criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cautious approach towards Gaza, asserting that it has undermined Israel's standing and eroded the perception of strength among Muslim populations worldwide. He went further to accuse Netanyahu of reducing Israel to a "banana republic" under the influence of the United States.

Feiglin's outspoken stance has reignited discussions about the complex and deeply rooted challenges surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict. As reactions continue to pour in from various quarters, his comments serve as a stark reminder of the polarized perspectives on how to navigate this longstanding and sensitive issue.


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