Israeli action in Gaza becomes a matter of when, not if
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images This past weekend, 40 Qassam rockets fell on southern Israel. An eight-year old boy’s leg was amputated as a result, and there has been a marked increase in fightin’ words from Israel. Residents from the southern town of Sderot even staged mock rocket-attack drills on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv ...
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This past weekend, 40 Qassam rockets fell on
Sderot’s mayor stepped up the pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to act, saying,
“It’s got to be a direct war — killing Mr. Haniya, killing his deputy, killing all his staff, his house, his government house.”
(That would be the first time a Seven Questions interview subject was assassinated.) But Olmert, who seems to have become more level-headed since his widely criticized attempt to neutralize Hezbollah in
Defense Minister Ehud Barak chimed in with an Israeli version of the Powell Doctrine: the need for clear goals, “a [political] exit plan,” and international support prior to military action.
The shadow of Winograd is apparent, yet it sounds like expanded action is likely against
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