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Time to storm into Gaza

By Michael Freund
11/14/2008, 12:00 AM


This is a golden window of opportunity to strike a blow against Palestinian irredentism, especially since the odds are that an Obama White House will be far less inclined to support Israel in its war on terror.
Not content with firing barrages of rockets at Israeli towns such as Sderot and Netivot, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza this morning turned their attention to the southern coastal city of Ashkelon.

Shortly after launching 8 Qassam rockets into the western Negev, which left one Israeli injured with shrapnel wounds, the terrorists then unloaded 5 Grad rockets onto Ashkelon in an attempt to sow panic among thousands more Israelis.

The barrage comes less than 24 hours after Israel passed a message to Hamas via Egyptian intermediaries pleading for a continuation of the cease-fire. Hamas' response came in the form of potentially lethal explosive projectiles.

Instead of continuing to appease the terrorists, now is precisely the time for Israel to storm into Gaza and put them out of commission, before the Obama administration comes to power. In these, the waning days of the Bush presidency, Israel is far less likely to come under pressure should it launch an extensive counter-terror operation to undermine Hamas.

This is a golden window of opportunity to strike a blow against Palestinian irredentism, especially since the odds are that an Obama White House will be far less inclined to support Israel in its war on terror.

But don't get your hopes up, as there seems to be little chance of Israel's leadership undertaking such a bold move. After all, they've done virtually nothing to stop the rocket fire until now, so don't expect a sudden change of course.