Burston talks as if Israel has something to prove, namely that the Israelis have not become dependent on terror, as if they have some kind of Stockholm Syndrome. What rubbish! In the Lebanon and Gaza, Israel abandoned the thoroughly discredited practice of proportional response, which has maintained the status quo for decades in the war of attrition against Israel. By using overwhelming force, with the ruthless, single-minded aim of clearing out the terrorist nests, wherever they were found, Israel has broken the back of the terror regimes in the Lebanon and Gaza. Israel has proved what happens when given peace, in the West Bank, where proportional response indeed has its place: every measure of civility by the Palestinians has been met with a corresponding measure of withdrawal by Israel. Israel already has given the lie to Burston's speculations. Israel has put the terrorists on notice: future responses to their attacks will not be proportional.
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from the article: The Gaza War 'victory' - Has Israel grown dependent on terror?
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