At a gov’t meeting discussing 2014’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’, PM Netanyahu reveled how President Obama told him explicitly not to send ground forces into Gaza despite the imperative of locating & destroying Hamas’ tunnels that threatened the residents of southern Israel.
By Hezki Baruch
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed in a Knesset meeting that former US President Barack Obama requested Israel not send ground forces into Gaza during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
The meeting’s purpose was to critique how Israel fought Operation Protective Edge, and find how to make the next war better.
Netanyahu related, “I explained to President Obama that if they continue with these ceasefires, we will have no choice but to send in ground forces.
“He told me, ‘I am asking you not to send in ground forces.’ And I said, ‘I will do my best not to send them in, but if this continues, and the tunnel threat continues to threaten us, we will have no choice but to go in.’
“We tried our best to avoid a war in the south. We are facing a very cruel and difficult enemy.
“We wanted to destroy Hamas’ infrastructure in Judea and Samaria. This creates instability in Gaza, and Hamas prepared plans to deal with it.
“My goal was to avoid war as much as possible. If we needed to go to war, we wanted to pay the minimum price required. And when I say ‘price,’ I mean every family’s individual price. I know the pain of war. We have an obligation to ensure the price of war is as low as possible.”
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