The Recklessness of Hamas

[Guardian-UK] Seth Freedman - For all that I regularly sound off about almost every facet of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, I struggle to see what option Israel's leaders had, other than to take the kind of action that they took this weekend. With Hamas refusing to lay down their weapons and resuming their attacks on Israeli civilians, it was plain that Israel was being invited, if not provoked, into an operation to cut the head off the hydra. With tens of thousands of Israeli men, women and children within range of the Kassam rockets, public opinion would demand action to protect those in the line of fire. I suspect that Israel's response was no different to that which citizens of any other state would demand of their leaders in similar circumstances.

2008-12-29 06:00:00

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