The former head of Israel's National Security Council said the spread of epidemics and humanitarian disasters in the Gaza Strip help Israel reach victory faster.
"The way to win the war faster and at a lower cost for us requires a system collapse on the other side and not the mere killing of more Hamas fighters," Major General Giora Eiland wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
"The international community warns us of a humanitarian disaster in Gaza and of severe epidemics. We must not shy away from this, as difficult as that may be," he added.
"After all, severe epidemics in the south of the Gaza Strip will bring victory closer and reduce casualties among army soldiers," Eiland argued.
The retired general also called on the Israeli government not to provide fuel and humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
"A war between states is not only won by military combat, but also by the ability of one side to break the opposing side's system, the economic ability and first and foremost the ability to provide energy, is of the utmost importance," he added.
"Israel must therefore not provide the other side with any capability that prolongs its life."
Since Israel started bombarding Gaza on Oct. 7, at least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 9,000 women and children, and more than 30,000 others have been injured, according to the latest figures.
Thousands of buildings, including hospitals, mosques and churches, have also been damaged or destroyed in Israel's relentless air and ground attacks on the besieged enclave.
An Israeli blockade has also cut Gaza off from fuel, electricity and water supplies, and reduced aid deliveries to a small trickle.
The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is around 1,200, according to official figures.