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Confront Hamas "head-on." Do it sooner, not later. Wipe out resistance. Ignore criticism about civilian casualties. Expand the current offensive. "Clear-cut victory needs boots on the ground."

Deterrence will be achieved if Hamas and Islamic Jihad "are decimated".The bottom line is that Israel is surrounded by enemies who will spare no efforts to kill as many Israelis as possible."

It bears repeating. Conflicts beget more of them. An endless cycle of violence is self-destructive. It benefits no one. Peace depends on prioritizing diplomacy over confrontation.

Inbar teaches at Bar-Ilan University. His students should think twice before enrolling in his courses. Singer is Hudson Institute (HI) senior fellow/trustee emeritus. HI is hawkish, neoliberal, and pro-Israeli.

Policies perhaps benefitting them harm most others. Their "bottom line" is one peace advocates should resolutely oppose. 

The choice is simple. Get along or risk destroying ourselves. Odds so far look grim.

A Final Comment

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Here we go again. At minutes past noon EST, Reuters headlined "Hamas, Israel agree truce: Palestinian source," saying:

An unnamed Palestinian close to Egyptian mediators provided no details. Official confirmation didn't follow. Haaretz said Clinton will announce it.

The Financial Times reported that an unnamed Egyptian official said terms were agreed. It's to take effect at 2PM EST.

Minutes past 1PM EST, Maan News said Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Clinton jointly announced it. It's to take effect within the hour.

"These efforts".have resulted in understandings to cease fire and restore calm and halt the bloodshed that the last period has seen," said Amr.

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An Israeli statement said:

Netanyahu "spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian ceasefire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilize the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary."

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