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Playing Ping-Pong with Israeli Lives

By Michael Freund
3/3/2008, 12:00 AM


Instead of undertaking a large-scale ground invasion to clear out the terrorists and their infrastructure, Olmert prefers small, "ping-pong" style back-and-forth strikes, which have proven entirely ineffective
Well, it didn't really last long at all.

Israel pulled its troops out of Gaza last night after a brief incursion aimed at stopping the mounting Palestinian rocket assaults on Israeli cities in the south.

Not surprisingly, a few short hours later, a Palestinian rocket struck a 7-story apartment building in Ashkelon, while another slammed into a playground.

This is tangible proof that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's limited military operation in Gaza failed to achieve its objectives. Instead of undertaking a large-scale ground invasion to clear out the terrorists and their infrastructure, Olmert prefers small, "ping-pong" style back-and-forth strikes, which have proven entirely ineffective, as this morning's attack on Ashkelon demonstrates.

The problem, of course, is that the government is effectively playing ping-pong with the lives of Israel and its citizens. By not uprooting the terrorist infrastructure once and for all, our leaders are essentially allowing this madness to continue, with tens of thousands of Israelis spending their day racing back and forth to bomb shelters.

This is no way to run a country.