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MP Ben Carr: My Hope is That Netanyahu will be Gone Sooner Than Later

by Rhonda Spivak, Feb 1, 2024


MP Ben Carr has been quoted recently in  the Canadian Press  saying "My hope is that Netanyahu will be gone sooner rather than later, because I think that's in the best interests of everybody in the region, and I think that's in the best interests of everybody around the world." 


Carr's comments  came in the wake of a conference in Jerusalem attended by where far right wing members of Knesset, as well as some members of Netanyahu's Likude party, attended a conference in Jerusalem that renewed calls for Israel to renew settlements in the Gaza Strip, which were evacuated in 2005 following Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza,  under then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.


Polls show that 38% of the Israeli public is in favour of renwewing Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, but Defense 

Minister Yoav Gallant has said that he will not allow this to happen. Canada, along with the United States and others in the West are against any resettlement of Gaza.


Carr has also stated, "It's very, very important that we remember that governments come and governments go and our relationships with states are deeper than the relationship that we may have with the current government in power."


Carr also pointed out that that the Liberal party is a "microcosm of society," with caucus members holding differeing views on the Israel-Hamas conflict.  

"It makes sense that these conversations are happening and I don't think that it's a source of negativity or division," Carr said.

Netanyahu in November 2023 has said he does not support resettlement of Gaza, saying  it was "not a realistic goal." But, he has not siad anything recently.

Regarding Jewish settlement in Gaza, it is of historiacal interest that after the 1967 Six Day War it was the decision of centre-left Labour led governments in Israel to build settlements in Gaza, maintining that settlements in Gaza would create a security belt against future attacks by Egypt against Israel.

Akiva Eldar and Idith Zertal quote in their well known book, Lords of the Land, that very important dovish leader, Yigal Allon, favoured this development. As Alllon stated on February 24, 1970, when suggesting building two strongholds in Gaza, that “these settlements have an utmost importance for the political future of the Gaza Strip, because they split the southern part of the strip from Gaza City… it is very important security-wise to establish a Jewish presence in the heart of Gaza.”

Shlomo Gazit, who I have interviewed before he passed away , was then  the colonel in charge of coordinating the Israeli government’s operations in the territories. He said in that meeting: “Security-wise, it will be a catastrophe to erect two settlements in the heart of the Gaza Strip… they will not solve any security problem, but cause it.”

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