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July 25th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Should the world 'do nothing' in Gaza?

(CNN) – With no significant ceasefire agreement, the U.S., Egypt, Qatar, and other countries will now return to negotiations to find a solution.

But the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. says the world should not be trying to stop the violence in Gaza, and do nothing instead.

"Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in the Gaza strip, and that while Hamas will resist demilitarization, and more civilians will suffer, by ending the cycle once and for all thousands of innocent lives will be saved," Michael Oren writes in The Washington Post.

"It would be not in Israel's interests, it is not in America's interests, I don't think it's in the interests of the rational world to let Hamas off the hook this time," Oren, also a CNN Mideast analyst, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

But the international community has seen horrible images of Palestinian children bleeding and dying, innocent victims. Asking for a smaller price of life to be paid now instead of a larger price later is something the world would likely not accept.

"We're dealing with an organization that uses children to dig these terror tunnels. It is not a rational modern organization. It's murderous, it's genocidal, it seeks to kill not only all Israelis, but all Jews worldwide. If we do not crush it now, Hamas will restore its arms," said Oren.

"The next round will take an even higher price in civilian life. By letting Israel crush Hamas now, we will save lives in long run," he said.

For more of our interview with former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, check out the video above.


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