After months of constant Qassam rockets fired from Gaza, Israel is preparing to launch a full military scale attack on Hamas. Israeli Defense Minister stated that a, “response is necessary and will be carried out.” However, Meretz-Yahad chairman Yossi Beilin stresses the need for “a cease-fire with Hamas.” See the debate here.
Both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have no desire for an invasion, but the rockets continue to land in Israel. Thus, Olmert states,”Hamas is leaving us no choice.”
As Mitchell Bard wrote in the Fall 2007 issue of inFOCUS, confrontation was always “a foregone conclusion,” for the simple but unfortunate fact that “temporarily reoccupying Gaza is the only option that can eliminate the long-term threat of Hamastan.”