Calls to Reoccupy Gaza Will Lead to Catastrophe, Former Israeli Army Chief Says

The National Unity Party candidate said that right-wing lawmakers are pushing 'a messianic agenda' to reoccupy the Gaza Strip against Israel's national security interest

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Retired IDF general Gadi Eisenkot called for Israelis to take to the streets against the new government on Thursday.
Retired IDF general Gadi Eisenkot called for Israelis to take to the streets against the new government on Thursday.Credit: Moti Milrod

National Unity Party candidate Gadi Eisenkot told supporters at a political function that politicians wishing to restore Israel's occupation of Gaza seek to "create an irreversible situation, that will lead to catastrophe."

The former Israeli army chief said that people like Itamar Ben-Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and "parts of the Likud", who support the idea of canceling the disengagement from Gaza are "people who need a reality check and lead a messianic agenda with broad support amongst various political camps."

As published earlier on Thursday in Israel Hayom, Esienkot said during a chat with his supporters: "I know all too well what they are up to because I attended meetings with them. The political reality is pushing them towards positions that are against Israel's national interest. This is not a mere theoretical issue, 45 lawmakers signed a draft legislation aimed at achieving this."

According to Eizenkot, "if they yearn to reoccupy Gaza, let thousands of Jews back in and resettle Gush Katif, to me this is unrealistic and will compromise Israel's national security. Ideologically, and practically. This isn't ancient history, it was only last February that they tried to pass legislation in the Knesset, so the citizens of Israel should be concerned, especially the younger ones who see the world in black and white.

Smotrich responded by calling the National Unity Party "a leftist party" even "if Gantz and Eisenkot have covered over their leftism with some right wing fig leaves in an attempt to woo right wing voters."

Protestors marching against the evacuation of the Homesh outpost, last AprilCredit: Amir Levy

"Lunatics get off the road!" the National Unity Party wrote in a statement, adding that "the party will not be lectured about national security, the safety of citizens and support for legal settlements, especially not by zealots who rely on incitement and act illegally against the best interests of the settlement enterprise."

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