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Here is a proposal for a deterrence strategy which might just work. If the withdrawal from Gaza was supposed to be "land for peace", why not work that equation backwards: (-peace) => (-land) ? More specifically, at each rocket or mortar attack, take back a predetermined small but not totally insignificant amount of land. In order to gain the understanding of everybody involved, this should be accompanied by a total cessation of any other military response. It could therefore be presented as the most peaceful possible way to achieve deterrence. Then you don't care who is in charge on the other side. In the worst case scenario they end up being totally pushed out of Gaza if they continue firing for no reason. Logic would dictate that once the policy is in place, steadily applied and clearly understood, firing would have to stop. I hope that M. Arens will be able to read this and suggest it to somebody!