On August 21, for the first time under Lieberman’s watch, the Israeli Defense Forces had to decide how to respond to a rocket attack from Gaza after an ISIS cell fired a Grad rocket at Israeli border town of S’derot.
The rationale had been that as long as Hamas itself had not carried out an attack, the response should be limited, i.e. just enough to make it clear Israel considered Hamas responsible for anything that happens inside Gaza.
On Sunday night, as Tel Avivans went to sleep, the question on everyone’s mind was: Will Hamas respond? So far, everything has been quiet and most analysts believe Hamas has no interest is an escalation.
Was Sunday’s larger response a function of Lieberman becoming defense minister? Some sources claim the vigorous response was merely the implementation of a new policy, put into place long before Lieberman took office.
After an uneventful introduction as defense minister, Lieberman has recently been making some waves.
Last week Lieberman ordered a division of the army to stop sending volunteers to play with children of illegal immigrants living in South Tel Aviv, after neighborhood residents complained.
Marc Schulman writes that some Israelis ask, with near admiration, “How does Putin get away with it?” After all, his air force has been killing hundreds of innocent civilians in Syria.
With near admiration, “How does Putin get away with it?” After all, his air force has been killing dozens, if not hundreds of innocent civilians in Syria almost every day, and yet not one person has taken to the streets of Europe to protest.
Some Israelis say that we need an Israeli Putin, someone who cares little of what the world thinks and will only act on what he believes to be in our interest.