A rocket launch from Gaza on Monday destroyed a house north of Tel Aviv, injuring six family members, including three children as young as 18 months old. The Israeli Defense Forces hammering Gaza terrorist targets and Hamas lobbing rockets at border towns
As this deadly dance reaches a crescendo, Israelis should emulate Fred Astaire in the classic Irving Berlin hit: Change partners. The strategic goal, which should be an end to Hamas rule in Gaza – Americans should support.
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Hence the Hamas leadership's decision to turn to an old playbook:
Hamas tried to explain its missile launch as "a mistake" on the same day. But it was too late: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut a Washington trip short while IDF jets bombed to the offices of Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas political chief. Also hit were intelligence and military buildings and other symbols of the organization's power.
But symbolism won't do the job. On Wednesday, a smiling Haniyeh was photographed next to the ruins of his former office, flashing a victory sign.
No wonder an opinion poll Tuesday showed more than half of all Israelis as the army response too weak. They are tired of the Qatar and Iran-backed Hamas and its endless provocations, which are limited to missiles.
Even before the latest launch, Gazan rockets regularly, and indiscriminately, targeted Israeli border towns, forcing residents to seek shelter, often with only seconds to avoid being hit. And those crowds that gather weekly at Israel's border aren't peaceful protesters, contrary to Western media perceptions. Typically, women and children provide cover as terrorists deploying devices mounted on balloons or kites, burning down Israeli fields.
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As of now, though, Israel's response has fallen short of burying Haniyeh or anyone else. Why? The April 9 election has proved more challenging for Netanyahu than any before it.
Despite his tough talk, Netanyahu is far from a trigger-happy warm-up. Throughout his long tenure, he has tried to avoid all-out military conflagrations, preferring instead of pinpoint, daring air attacks (like the one on Thursday morning in Syria).
Then, too, Netanyahu is the northern front, where Iran and Hezbollah strives to establish an anti-Israel beachhead in Syria, as more strategically menacing than Gaza in the south. remains inescapable
Whether Netanyahu survives the election that comes right after Hamas' Saturday march at the border, or is replaced by top challenger Benny Gantz, Israel will soon need to deal with its Gaza problem. Hamas control of Gaza – a disaster brought about by the George W. Bush administration's obsession with spreading democracy among the Arabs – must end
With a change in dance partners can come a whole new routine.
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