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GOC Southern Command Sami Turgeman. (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

The Guardian: No obvious alternative to Hamas in Gaza, says top Israeli general

Sami Turgeman, head southern command, counters views of rightwing Israeli politicians that Palestinian territory should have been taken by force in 2014 war

One of Israel’s most senior military officers has said there is no obvious alternative to Hamas’s rule in Gaza and that deposing the Islamist group in the coastal strip cannot be achieved quickly .

The comments by Maj Gen Sami Turgeman, the head of Israel’s southern command, were an apparent rebuke to remarks from rightwing Israeli politicians both during and after last year’s Gaza war that military operations were stopped too soon and that the Palestinian territory should have been retaken by force.

WNU Editor: I guess Maj Gen Sami Turgeman has no confidence that Fatah (the Palestinian Authority) would be able to do a better job than Hamas.

More News On Maj Gen Sami Turgeman's Remarks That There Is 'No Obvious Alternative To Hamas In Gaza'

Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas -- Jewish Journal/Reuters
Israeli general says Hamas needed for Gaza stability -- i24 News
There is no replacement for Hamas, Israeli general says -- Gulf News
IDF commander sees no immediate alternative to Hamas rule in Gaza -- JNS
IDF commander in south: We cannot defeat Hamas in just one month -- YNet News
IDF commander: Israel cannot 'expect to defeat Hamas' in short operation -- UPI
Hamas needed for Gaza: Israeli commander -- Press TV (Iran)

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