Barak: If ordered, IDF can conquer Gaza

Speaking at conference on Operation Cast Lead defense minister says that 2009’s military campaign could have ended 10 days earlier than it did


Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday that should the cabinet give the order, the IDF could overrun Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a conference focusing on the Operation Cast Lead decision making processes, Barak added that “If the cabinet deems it needed, the IDF can conquer and rule Gaza.”

Elaborating on the 2009 military campaign, which was launch following incessant rocket fire on Israel’s south by Gaza terrorists, Barak noted that “There was no need to drag the fighting for 22 days. That lesson is true for other things as well.”

Barak elaborated on various issues regarding the planning, execution and lessons of the Gaza operation, noting that the IDF’s withdrawal from the Strip was late: “We could have pulled out 10 days earlier,” he said.

He commented then-IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and then-GOC Southern Command General Yoav Galant, saying that they “Headed the operation in a calm, confident manner, according to all set objectives.”

During the conference, the defense minister made sure to skirt the issue of a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying only that Israel “must maintain a clear vision when setting its targets and the private discussion on the matter must be honest.”

  1. #1 by Blake on 09/09/2012 - 9:34

    Yeah well its an open air prison. Hardly something to be proud of war mongering occupier from hell

  2. #2 by chandler3491 on 09/09/2012 - 9:34



  3. #3 by michael mazur on 09/10/2012 - 9:34

    What Ehud Barak is signalling to the Tribe of Pychopaths there is that the `set objectives` would be different this time around, but now only waiting for the diversion of the din and dust and fire and smoke of a US attack on Iran to provide cover for the undertaking of the mass extermination of a million and a half Gaza people.

    I’ll say right now in advance of this atrocity being carried out that while allegations of rocket attacks onto Israel out of Gaza will be par for the course, absolutely none of it will be true. Nor was it true during the equally gratuitous assault on Gaza in 08/09.

    So what are they waiting for ?

    They want the US to mount the assault on Iran EXACTLY at the same time that Israel would, as the retaliation against Israel might be blunted rather more than if the assault against Iran was initiated by Israel and then followed up by the US a day later,

    A combined simultaneous attack would also mean that Iran would have to attack American bases in the region, diluting its retaliatory capability against Israel.

    But the prospects of a combined USrael assault on Iran have now all but vanished, as gung ho John McCain, to the surprise of many, is saying that an attack on Syria is not a good idea – which is metaphor for Iran.

    What this signals is that while the US would come to the aid of Israel in the event of a solo attack by Israel on Iran, the response might only be to defend Israel rather than to attack Iran.

    The probabilities of a rapidly negotiated ceasefire at that point are immense, and Israel’s plans for a Greater Israel will have been aborted, and they can kvetch all they like about the humiliation of it all !

    So, the Israelis had better forget all about Gaza, and that murder of 6 Palestinians there in the past week on account of two airstrikes wasn’t a warm up for when America attacks Iran, it was the result of a confused delusional thinking process.

  4. #4 by ruby22-kate on 09/18/2012 - 9:34

    #3,Michael Mazur: I admire the concise, logical posts you write.

    Try as they might the uncivilized barbarians seem to lack the powers of reason and discretion, whether the provocative acts are diplomatic or military destruction, the odds always favor brute force. They have not evolved enough to learn the pleasure of sharing and coming to the aid of those in need.

    The penned up Palestinian population are once again surrounded by armed military with all the latest hardware, the Palestinians cannot defend themselves, so therefore call genocide a war is Orwellian speak.

    I have no doubt that israel cannot stop it’s belligerence & will drag the whole world & it’s peoples to armagedden, they will kill all of the peoples if they cannot be ‘effendies’.

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