Olmert has to choose the lesser of many bad options at his disposal. He chose not to give in to terrorist blackmail in order not to set a precedent. That seems to me wiser than the other way around. The PA has chosen to definitively show Hamas' conjunction of politics and terror by the Kerem Shalom attack. While questions over collective punishment of Gazans and the effectiveness of the IDF's military pressure are legitimate and important, the far-reaching consequences of Hamas' desperation and its irrefutable actions as a terrorist regime as Mathew Levitt's just released book proves, are more crucial to confront. Olmert may want to prove he is tough and can lead in the military arena too. But that is colateral politics. The main choices are the lesser evil ones at his disposal. Mireya Guevara Managua.
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