The son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has infuriated the political Left and Islamic right with an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post where he declared that Hamas must be shattered, and if necessary, all of Gaza with it:
There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.
There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.
Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.
If the government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip.
Militarily, the younger Sharon’s argument makes both strategic and tactical sense. A war is won when the enemy’s ability to wage war, and it’s desire to continue the conflict, is destroyed.
The finality of Sharon’s proposal, which would end rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza, has been met with predictable outrage on Twitter.
The charter of Hamas explicitly refuses “so-called peaceful solutions” with the state of Israel, and demands the complete destruction of the Israeli state, which Hamas refuses to recognize.
Apparently, that wasn’t as widely read.