Mark said "What Gaza and Lebanon proved is that Israel is not willing to do counterinsurgency but is willing to destroy civilian infrastructure with abandon and leave devastation behind." What Mark doesn't explain is that counterinsurgency means Israel would re-occupy south Lebanon and Gaza. You can't run a counterinsurgency if you're not there in the territory with troops and civilian workers on the ground. Mark - do you want to rethink this one? What you said simply doesn't make sense. What Israel is telling Lebanon and Gaza is that they should think twice before violating Israel's borders. Hezbollah violated the international border, killed IDF soldiers, kidnapped (and subsequently murdered) 3 more, and launched a massive rocket attack on Israeli civilians to cover their attack. Hamas for 8 years repeatedly committed war crimes by firing thousands of anti-personnel rockets at Israeli civilians (a war crime). Israel's message is: it'll cost you bigtime to mess with us.
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