Once again, we are being confronted with the humiliating spectacle of an Israeli political leadership pleading for defeat rather than victory, as the Egyptian ceasefire proposal is currently being considered by the Israeli Cabinet.
Once again, the thousands of ground troops, trained to defeat the enemy, may be left stranded on the Gazan border without having completed the job that had been started by the air and naval forces.
Once again, the words of Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon will have been proven to be meaningless threats from frightened men with no spiritual backbones.
Once again, the fear of the nations and the lack of belief in the righteousness of our fight for the Land of Israel will have caused a failed military operation.
Perhaps it will be different from what it seems now as these words are being written, and perhaps the Cabinet will reject the ceasefire proposal, but the very fact that it is being brought to a vote in the Cabinet shows that Bibi and Bogie are already beginning to cave in.
Such a lack of determination will defeat the aims of the operation, will hurt Israel's deterrence, will encourage the terrorists, and will betray Israel's citizens. And if that happens, it will be very, very sad.