Whatever the motives of the article, it highlights one vital issue. Over Siderot, Hamas has shown a stubbornness, born of the existential threat to the Palestinians, to engage the Israelis militarily at every opportunity, despite the massive imbalance in forces, and despite the huge casualties the IDF can inflict in return. Hamas has exported that anxiety to Israel. And the article is right, it will continue to do this wherever it can develop the capacity to strike. Israel has two options in response. The first is the peaceful option. There are enough signals around to suggest that the Arab initiatives are sincere and genuine. It is clear that the Palestinians are also willing to do a deal. The time is ripe. The second is of course the military option, the one being touted here. It requires the IDF to completely remove by force the Palestinians from all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in their entirety. Under this option, Israel will once and for all put a stop to attacks on the home front by a massive operation of ethnic cleansing. The first option will demonstrate Israel?s democratic ideals and bring it kudos and international acceptance as a mature, responsible member of the international community. It will also bring some reduction in the attacks on its territory which is of immediate concern, but only time and goodwill all round will reduce it altogether. The second will condemn Israel to permanent pariah status, and will be a dream come true for anti-Semites everywhere. Can I suggest with all due respect that Israel take the peaceful option.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: An Israeli defeat in Sderot
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