Before I criticize some elements in Levy's article, I have to admit that I have never experienced a sonic boom and thus I wouldn't know how frightening they are. At any rate, I disagree with Levy when he says: "Do the booms prevent the Qassams? Or are they only intended to provoke and punish a population whose majority already opposes the Qassams?". Levy is either living in Mars or is referring to a different group of people called Palestinians, different from the ones that demolished synagogues, march in support of Hamas and Co. on a weekly basis, and different from the ones who glorify the nefarious nasser. From where does he get the impression that the majority already oppose the Qassams?? If so then why is Hamas winning so many seats in Parliamentary elections despite Fatah's postponement tactics and election fraud attempts?? The fact of the matter is that the proportion of Palestinians who do not want peace and view the entire region (Israel, W.Bank, and Gaza) as their exclusive right is much larger than the proportion of Israels who adopt the position that the entire land is only for Jews. I am not in support of IDF killings or sonic booms IF they target innocent individuals who have nothing to do with terror. However, Mr. Levy, you dont seem to realize that it's a two-way street; an Israeli family living in Sderot will view the downpour of Qassam rockets as a traumatic experience. It's only when the palestinos pledge to stop terror or at least ban incitement of hatred (ie. take the initiative in return to the Israeli disengagement) that the peace process will get moving, and sonic booms will never be heard again. PS. Levy, your cynical position on the Gaza disengagement is unproductive let alone a major hindrace to the progress of the peace process, just like the Qassams and sonic booms are.
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from the article: Demons in the skies of the Gaza Strip