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Choose Calm, Not Punishment

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The rocket that hit Moshav Mishmeret on Monday is apparently about to bring about a “powerful response,” as the prime minister puts it. What sort of force does the IDF intend to use? What is the goal? Will it be liable to drag Israel, at the height of a dramatic election campaign, into a protracted operation whose beginning is known to all but whose end is known to no one? Will one rocket that wounded civilians require putting all residents of Gaza border communities at risk, the people exposed on a daily basis to attacks by incendiary balloons, in addition to the people living in the cities of Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Sderot and Ashkelon?

The automatic response expected of the Israeli government and the IDF, based on a zero-tolerance concept with regard to attacks on Israeli communities, is understandable. A sovereign state cannot allow itself to come under attack. But........

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