Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time to remove Hamas

I hate to say it, but if Israel is already launching a ground invasion (which I'm ambivalent about), they should do it right.

Any cease-fire or agreement to withdraw that leaves Hamas still in power means nothing was accomplished in the long run. We'll just have to do the same dance again in two or three years. And even during the supposed quiet, Hamas will continue taking potshots at communities like Sderot.

Removing Hamas from power entirely will leave a power vacuum that Israel may have to fill. And I hate the idea of our troops having to be there long-term again. But if it's done right, maybe it can return Gaza to normalcy and quiet, and with Hamas out of the picture, perhaps even set the stage for a peace agreement in a couple of years.

Whatever happens, I pray for the safety of our soldiers and of all innocent people.

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