Lieberman: I suggest UN mandate in Gaza, it worked in Kosovo


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: “There are 3 options:

•A diplomatic arrangement
•Hamas’ submission
•A state of limbo where we respond when they open fire”

By Gideon Allon & Israel Hayom Staff


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Monday, stressed that Operation Protective Edge is not over and suggested the possibility of a U.N. mandate in Gaza after Hamas is toppled.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Photo: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch

“There are three options,” Lieberman said, addressing the possible outcomes of the Gaza conflict. “A [diplomatic] arrangement, Hamas’ submission, or a state of limbo where we respond when they open fire.

“In my opinion, the third option is irrelevant; otherwise Hamas has the option to open fire whenever it pleases. A country cannot be at the mercy of a terror organization.”

Lieberman also addressed questions about what would happen if Israel topples Hamas, saying, “I think there are a few possible answers here, one of them being a U.N. mandate. We saw a U.N. mandate work in Kosovo, and therefore I think we need to work to bring back a U.N. mandate to the region.”

He added that such an arrangement would require an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“We must make decisions about the future. We need to think about how to bring about calm, eliminate the rocket threat and prevent [Hamas] from growing stronger,” Lieberman said.

He did not offer additional details, saying that details would be discussed by the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet behind closed doors. He explained that this is one of the more complicated diplomatic challenges Israel has faced in recent years.

“Today, every international forum understands the need to demilitarize the Gaza Strip, destroy terror infrastructure and get rid of the tunnels and rockets,” Lieberman said, citing the understanding as an accomplishment of the war.

“You see this in the European Union and in the United States. The fact that the [U.N.] Security Council has yet to make a resolution stems from American support and our diplomatic efforts.”

Lieberman also took the opportunity to criticize international media coverage of the Gaza war, saying, “In the international media, you will not see Hamas shooting its protesters. You also will not see groups of terrorists gathering in hospitals and mosques, shooting from there.”

According to a Channel 10 report, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) said, “We have completed another stage of Operation Protective Edge, and now the ball is in the diplomatic court.

“This operation is not over. I commend the decision not to hold negotiations with Hamas. In Israel we do not talk to terror organizations, we fight them.”

According to a Channel 2 report, Justice Minister Tzipi LIvni said, “We must end this operation with a weakened Hamas. But that is not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is the replacement of Hamas, however right now, it must be weakened.

“We must establish a new order the Gaza Strip that allows for the clear differentiation between civilians and Hamas members, with appropriate monitoring mechanisms to prevent the transfer of terror funding to Gaza. Later, we will need to negotiate with this same pragmatic group that stands to pressure and does not submit to Hamas demands to return to an armed intifada.”

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  1. Michael S. says:

    It’s nice, that Lieberman is actually considering the endgame — something the US didn’t think out very well in Iraq. In Iraq, we installed a puppet government — which worked, as long as we pulled the strings. When we cut the strings, the puppet came to life and became a monster, and chaos ensued.

    The Iraq model obviously didn’t work, so the Foreign Minister is suggesting the Kosovo model. That model is similar to Israel, in that Kosovo was the historic homeland of the Serbian people. Thanks to international intervention, which Mr. L. is proposing, the Serbs have been persecuted and ethnically cleansed from their homeland — as the Jews were from Gaza, nine years ago this week. The K. solution also entailed the destruction of Yugoslavia’s infrastructure, its being surrounded by enemies, its leaders being tried in kangaroo courts, and ultimately to its complete surrender and joining its enemies. This is very likely to be the outcome of an international mandate in Gaza.

    What’s the solution in Gaza? First of all, Israel needs to go the proverbial extra mile, and conquer the little place — an impoverished, kleptocratic encleve about 4 miles wide and 20 miles long — smaller than most US counties. Up to now, Israel has gained control of the eastern 2 mile by 20 mile strip. It needs to finish the job, in a place where Israeli troops outnumber Gazan by 10:1, where they (and the sympathetic Egyptians) completely control all air, land and sea resupply routes, where they are pitting the best tanks in the world against home-made explosives, etc.; and from which they regularly lob over 100 rockets a day at Israel.

    The military situation is unbelievable. I hope Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Yaalon, Mr. Netanyahu and the others realize that leaving HAMAS in control of ANY part of Gaza, though it be only a flag amid a sea of corpse, will by construed by the world as a HAMAS victory — another Tesha b’Av present for the Jewish people.

    Gaza needs to be completely conquered and occupies, and HAMAS leader need to be hunted down and executed for their war crimes against their own people as well as against the Jews. The Israeli flag must fly everywhere there, and the HAMAS and “Palestine” flags must be outlawed. The singing of anti-Israel anthems must be outlawed and punished. This is standard fare, when one country conquers another; and it’s about time Israel lives up to this standard.

    What happens then? It’s up to the Gazans, and I’ll say one thing: If the Gazans do not taste complete defeat and surrender to Israel, they will simply chose more of the same, with intensified vile indignation against Jews.

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