Israeli dove calls for Israel to retake corridor separating Gaza and Egypt

02/03/2011 06:09

From Israel Insider: Former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh of the dovish Labor Party, writing in Yediot Aharonot on February 1, said that in view of the potential threat from Egypt, Israel must retake the Philadelphi Corridor along the Gaza-Egyptian border. This is the area that Israel allowed the Palestinian Authority to control following the Disengagement from Gaza in 2005 – despite warnings that Israel could not afford to grant Hamas control over the crossing. As it turned out, the European monitors charged with monitoring the crossing fled when Hamas later seized absolute power in the Strip and the border has been used to smuggled arms, supplies and terrorists into Gaza.

If Israel does not take back the Corridor, Sneh wrote in Yediot Acharonot, "the military strength of Hamas in Gaza, already intolerable, will increase. The cost of taking over the Philadelphi Corridor [now] is less than the unavoidable price of dealing with Hamas in the future in the Gaza Strip after it is reinforced with sophisticated weapons and instructors from Iran.” Sneh also called for a change in the IDF's deployment and size to deter a potential threat from Egypt. He also advocates expediting construction of a barrier between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai.


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