By Bret Stephens
The Israeli town of
It is no stretch to say that life in Sderot has become unendurable. Palestinians and their chorus of supporters — including the 118 countries of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, much of Europe, and the panoply of international aid organizations from the World Bank to the United Nations — typically reply that life in the Gaza Strip is also unendurable, and that Palestinian casualties greatly exceed Israeli ones. But this argument is fatuous: Conditions in
The more vexing question, both morally and strategically, is what
Surely this isn't what advocates of proportion have in mind. What they really mean is that
By these lights,
But here another set of considerations intrudes. Hamas was elected democratically and by overwhelming margins in
Hamas has also made no effort to rewrite its 1988 charter, which calls for
It would seem perverse for Israeli taxpayers, including residents of Sderot, to feed the mouth that bites them. It would seem equally perverse for
Perhaps the answer is to wait for a technological fix and, in the meantime, hope for the best.
But technology addresses neither the Islamic fanaticism that animates Hamas nor the moral torpor of Western policy makers and commentators who, on balance, find more to blame in
On March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa attacked the border town of
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