"For the right, the specter of terrorism has become the primary, at times, the only argument against territorial compromise in the West Bank." This is your biggest mistake, Bradley. For the right, the primary argument against territorial compromise is a perceived divine right to land that does not belong to the modern State of Israel. They know this argument won't wash with the public and instead feed the spectre of terrorism by whatever means they can invent. Example: Jacob Blues claims here that a tunnel was the catalyst for the operation. True in a way. We bombed it killing two Hamas men 5 months into a 6-month cease-fire that had seen a 98% reduction in Hamas rockets and mortars but no lifting of the siege. The response from Hamas was a barrage of Qassam rockets. These became the pretext offered to the public for Cast Lead. The end-of-year interregnum between the Bush and Obama presidencies was timely for improving Kadima's standing ahead of our general election.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: The Gaza War 'victory' - Has Israel grown dependent on terror?