The repeated calls for Israeli restraint in responding to rocket attacks emanating from Gaza would be comical, if it wasn't so bizarre. What other nation would accept rocket attacks on its cities, while just retaliating with tit for tat counter-attacks?
The unjust criticism from the Obama administration, from the EU, and from the UN demand a response, but not just in words. We are not a nation of moldy doormats and we have the right not just to respond to such rocket attacks, but to create a strong deterrence to such attacks. That will only happen when we realize that tit for tat retaliation doesn't work.
What I propose is very simple - multiples of ten. For every 5 rocket attacks from Gaza, we respond with 50. For every 50, we respond with 500. They will get the message loud and clear. If the attacks continue, increase the multiples until they beg for mercy. That is how wars are won, and we are indeed in a war with a bitter enemy.
And how do we respond to unjustified world criticism? Explain and Ignore. No proud nation in its right mind allows other nations and biased world bodies to force it to undermine its national security. The criticism will only begin to die down when we act like a nation with national pride and responsibility for the security of its citizens. Yes, we should explain and we should explain well, but if the critics persist in their biases, we need to learn to ignore the haters of Israel and to act in our national interest.
The other nations will only respect a nation that respects itself.