By Ami Isseroff
By every indication, Israel will assent to an Egyptian arranged truce with the Palestinians in
It is unlikely that this truce will bring about a real end to the rain of rockets and mortar fire from
Perhaps Israeli captured soldier Gilad Shalit will be exchanged now or at a later date for an absurd number of Palestinian war criminals and minor offenders. No matter to Hamas, they can always kidnap another soldier, right?
Since it would announce to the world that
So why would
There are, in fact many reasons to agree to the "lull." One possible reason is to demonstrate to the world, to the Egyptian government and to skeptics in the Israeli public, that the lull won't work, allowing
A much better reason to agree to the lull is that it was decided that the alternative is much worse. The only thing worse than legitimizing Hamas government in
This same scenario could very well devolve from a failed military operation in
The enemy of the bad is the much worse. However, we would do well to ask if we could not and should not have done things differently, so that we would not have to chose between bad alternatives. There is something more urgent than Monday morning quarterbacking. Opponents of a military strike on
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