Even if we declare dozens of times that Hamas is under pressure and wants a cease-fire, it will not erase the fact that in the battle for Sderot, Israel has in effect been defeated. The superfluous declarations about the possibility of war with Syria should not divert our attention from the defeat in Sderot.
Despite recommendation, no serious discussion was ever held over advise to shorten the war.
A few days after the Six-Day War, major general Ariel Sharon asked me to come to his office. Sharon had a highly unusual request of me. 'I would like to ask you not to criticize prime minister Levy Eshkol anymore,' he said.
It's obvious that the Palestinians do not want to, or are not capable of, keeping agreements. Israel has no choice but to continue to seek agreements with them, but it also must insist on maintaining broader margins of security.
Request for Abbas' PA force to train in Jordan Valley made by U.S. in light of Fatah-Hamas struggle over control of Gaza Strip.