Just like Hamas leaders, Israeli politicians want to come across strong, even when they're pressed against a corner, and especially when the elections are around that corner. The Israeli offensive may have been the right thing to do but as days pass it becomes less effective from the logistical military aspect as well as from PR view as the enevitable increases of civilian to militant death ratio will cause people to change their mind and say enough. The world will grow wary of the war as is human nature and Israel will be forced to stop its military operation. The advice I would give the Israeli politicians is, don't wait to be at this disadvantage point, swallow your pride and do whats right for the country, not what will get you reelected, as peoples emotions play a big roll in this. Take the initiative and surprise the enemy by using the back channels and offer a truce even if it gives more to the enemy, Hamas has already lost more than they can admit to. And use Abbas to make the truce, that way you also empower the Palestian Authority rather than Hamas and give the Gazan's more of a reason to support Fatah. I really hope the Israeli Leaders have the foresight to make the right decisions and this junction, as it will decide whether those that have supported Israels right to Self Defence will continure to do so.
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Hungarian police detain two suspects in murder of Israeli tourist Ofir Gross (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel hasn't grown up since the last Gaza war