Yet there are many who deny reality. Left wing Israeli politicians still cling to the fantasy that Palestinians will live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. The Obama administration still embraces the absurd hope that a negotiated settlement is possible, notwithstanding the failures of both Hillary Clinton and John Kerry at the negotiating table.
We must realize that ruthlessness and death is Hamas’ nature, and that this is the Middle East.
Here, terror reigns. It saturates the culture of Arab life. Yes, there are plenty of exceptions -- people who insulate themselves from the vile propaganda of hate -- but in the Arab culture, words of anger are ubiquitous in the markets, movie theatres, even crossword puzzles.
It would take a cultural upheaval to undo this mindset of hate, and while time may indeed be on the side of an ironic disposition, it will take at least one generation to unfold.
In the meantime, Israel should remain resolute. The only way to deal with those who want to destroy you is prove that you cannot be destroyed.
Now that Israeli troops have been deployed in Gaza, every effort will be made to ferret out the rocket caches and destroy them. What really counts, though, is to confirm once again that Israel will not be intimidated nor terrorized. In this, Israel has already been successful.
It may be wishful thinking, but sometimes scorpions destroy themselves.