Friday, July 14, 2006
Yes, They Said It!
INN.com reprinted past statements by Israeli leaders on the question of
whether Israel could someday be hit by rockets from Gaza. Some are
All you do all day is threaten that there will be Katyusha rockets landing
in Ashkelon. Would you mind telling me why there are no rockets fired from
Aqaba to Eilat?"
Foreign Minister Labor MK Shimon Peres
We're familiar with the Likud's horror stories. They promised us Katyushas
from Gaza, but Gaza has been under the primary control of the Palestinian
Authority for more than a year now, and there hasn't been a single
Prime Minister, Labor MK Yitzchak Rabin
Jun 20, 1995
We must take into account that after withdrawal, Ashkelon, a major Israeli
city, will be within the effective range of Kassam rockets. In the future,
when sea and airports are built in Gaza and we will have no control, they
will have Katyushas with a longer range that can also reach Kiryat Gat or
Major General (Res.) Yakov Amidror (opponent of "disengagement")
Maariv, Feb. 5, 2004
After the withdrawal, Kassam rockets will rain on Ashkelon.
NRP Head, MK Effie Eitam
Kol Israel, Israel Radio
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
If the Disengagement plan is carried out, Kassam rocket attacks will be
the lot of cities from Ashkelon to Ofakim [also inside Israel], and will
become a daily occurrence.
Yisrael Beiteinu Head, MK Avigdor Lieberman
I anticipate that the level of terrorism will drop after the disengagement
and after pragmatic Arab forces take control.
Defense Minister, Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz
Jul 02, 2004
Before the withdrawal from Lebanon, the Intelligence Directorate also
threatened us with Katyushas reaching Hadera and we see what actually
happened. I estimate, and my estimate is just as valid as those that
threaten us with horrors, that after we leave the Gaza Strip, terrorism
will decrease, not increase.
Former Mossad Head, Labor MK Dani Yatom
Maariv, Feb. 5, 2004
My own addition:
From "The Israeli-PLO Accord," by Steven Plaut, Midstream, November 1993
(published 6 weeks after the Oslo "breakthrough")
"'It' might happen after the entire West Bank and Gaza were under PLO
rule, or 'it' might even happen earlier....Katyushas pour down on Israeli
population centers. Some rockets were financed with Arafat's share of th
erevenues from the Nobel Peace Prize. Gangs of terrorists cross th eGreen
Line and there is an endless chain of blood baths... The media ar efilled
with stories about th eunequal status and oppression of Israeli greenline
Arabs. The Israeli Left concurs, arguing that only more concessions will
end the violence....As th edeath toll mounts, Israeli reprisals increase
in ferocity. A full-scale war commences in which Syria, Iran and maybe
even Egypt rush in to defend their Palestinian brethren, helping them
resist Israeli aggression and imperialism."