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18315594_m egozi featureThose calling for a criminal investigation into the events of so-called “lack Friday” in Gaza in the course of “Operation Protective Edge”, are driven by some mixture of irrational and indecent motives.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was right in referring to this this matter for the first time last week. The minister said there was no room for criminal investigation.

Minister Ya’alon further said he hopes that no one would decide to make this military action the subject of a criminal investigation for military police to look into. “This is a military operation complete with various decisions. This is not something you look into using the tools designed for criminal investigations. This even should be investigated by military commanders in order to learn military lessons for the future.”

Ya’alon clearly signaled to those calling for a criminal investigation where he stood vis-a-vis this issue, what his position was concerning military decisions taken in the course of battle being considered for investigation as possible crimes.

All the parties involved had better apologize and go back to their cozy offices, wherever they may be.


Israelis living close by to Gaza are feeling cheated. Having been promised so much security following “Operation Protective Edge”, here comes disillusionment. Their country has once again left them in the lurch. Someone with hardly anything between the ears had decided to pull the soldiers guarding them out. All communities who are not immediately on the border will no longer have soldiers securing their perimeter.

I recently went down there. I honestly do not understand this decision. I am even more baffled as to how come Israel’s defense minister did not summon the senior officer in charge and grant him 5 minutes to reverse this idiotic decision.

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Europe has taken a few strong sleeping pills and has slept real tight in recent years, as to not watch radical Islamic terrorism take over, per a detailed, structured plan.

The terrorist attacks in France over the week and the weekend have finally pulled Europe out of its oblivion. Nevertheless, this oblivion was coupled with overall paralysis.

The intelligence debacle in France is huge. The writing was on every wall. Yet, no one wanted to see.

Perhaps now, someone will finally come to the realization this is war, pure and simple. Not a few isolated incidents, but rather an organized campaign which is going to get a whole lot worse.

Europe can no longer do much to stop this. They missed the boat, all across the continent.


I was hardly surprised by the following: former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Yair Naveh issued a strong criticism of the behavior of Israel’s political leadership in the course of “Operation Protective Edge”. He further said the leaking of the cabinet’s decision not to eradicate Hamas created a form of immunity for the terrorist organization. “Once you no longer threaten them with annihilation, that is, you are no longer posing a risk to their very survival, then they are immuned.”

Nahe once again sheds light on the way Israeli cabinet ministers conducted themselves during the military operation. This is the same cabinet, which, in the beginning, we thought, was running things wisely.

Once again, it turns out there was no underlying thinking. No planning. They simply reacted to unfolding events. The IDF acted in some sort of frozen thinking. The IDF did not defeat Hamas. We shall all come to feel all this in the not too distant future.

Arie Egozi i-HLS Editor-in-Chief
Arie Egozi
i-HLS Editor-in-Chief