David Harsanyi

When asked whether he ever could imagine a long-term cease-fire with Israel, Hamas leader Nizar Rayan responded, "The only reason to have a (cease-fire) is to prepare yourself for the final battle."

Reportedly, Rayan celebrated the idea of martyrdom and death in this glorious battle against Jews not only for himself but also for his family.

The Israeli air force blew Rayan into nano-pieces last week in what we call a "win-win" situation.

Rayan's four wives and 11 of his children unfortunately died along with him. But make no mistake: Every Arab civilian who perishes does so at the hands of Hamas.

First, the group provoked Israel with thousands of rocket attacks indiscriminately aimed at civilian centers. Once Israel responded -- after years of warnings -- Hamas placed caches of weapons near schools, mosques and homes in an effort to cause carnage on its own people. Civilian death is the point.

Most reasonable Americans understand that Israel did not invade Gaza to terrorize the civilian population or murder the innocent. Israel is there to dismantle Hamas' infrastructure and dispose of as many jihadists as possible.

Will Israel's latest assault create more terrorism? Will it radicalize Palestinians even further? It's possible -- though it's also hard to imagine how anyone could be more extreme.

What other nation would allow a terror state to attack it on a daily basis without defending itself? The answer is none.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.