Unlikely. This pattern has been going on for decades. The Arabs provoke Israel, Israel retaliates, and there's a brief period of peace. Then the cycle repeats. If the Middle East is ever going to move toward a permanent solution, they need to think about the "big picture." Is a bombing campaign - however severe - going to dislodge Hamas? Is it going to make Hamas lose its public support? Both are highly unlikely. The only way to get rid of Hamas' government is with an extremely risky and costly ground invasion...and even then it won't eliminate Hamas' popular support and provides no guarantee that Hamas won't be back in power in the future.Originally Posted by DeeJayH
They've already destroyed most of Hamas' known rocket sites and military sites. That should be good enough to keep a sort-of-peace for a while. In the grand scheme of things, what does continuing a massive bombing campaign accomplish?
If they actually are going to invade instead of just posturing troops at the border (and I hope they aren't), that would be the only way to do it. If they actually invade, they need to abide by Colin Powell's strategy of overwhelming force.Originally Posted by DeeJayH