Hamas built an extensive network of elaborate tunnels to carry out terrorist attacks on Israeli communities and bases near the Gaza Strip. The ground operation was ordered to strike at the terrorist tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip to inside Israeli territory.
Hamas booby-traps private homes in Gaza and uses them as rocket-launching locations, firing positions for snipers, weapon caches as well as using their cellars as entrances to the terror tunnels.
The rehabilitation and development of
Gaza is linked to disarming the terrorist organizations in Gaza from
rockets, tunnels and other threats.
Although Hamas has been firing its missiles against Israeli civilians
for years, the recent confrontation revealed the full extent of the
terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has acquired or produced a
huge arsenal of rockets with varying ranges, anti-tank rocket-propelled
grenades (RPGs), large amounts of explosives, offensive terror tunnels and a great number of light weapons.In
order to prevent the terrorist organizations in Gaza from rearming with
even deadlier weapons, which will inevitably result in renewed
hostilities, the Gaza Strip must be demilitarized.
The appointment of a
strongly biased critic of Israel as chairman of the UN Human Rights Council's
"commission of inquiry" demonstrates that Israel cannot get a fair
hearing from the UNHRC. The Council is once again betraying its own mission
when instead of serving human rights, it lends its legitimacy to terrorist
groups like Hamas.
Israel looks forward to achieving a new diplomatic horizon and to
restarting peace negotiations with a Palestinian government committed to peace,
to ending terrorism and to fulfilling previous Palestinian commitments. Israel
hopes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plays a