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    I find it hard to believe that Rabbi Yoffie thinks he'll persuade wavering Progressives to support Israel's attack on Gaza by suggesting that Israel should cut electricity for all Gazans (not to mention by citing the argument of Republican convicted criminal, Elliot Abrams):

    In short, I support a real “get tough” policy in Gaza, and I hope that progressive Jews will as well. There are, to be sure, strategic and tactical difficulties. The peace treaty with Egypt, essential to Israel’s security, could be jeopardized. Furthermore, it is not at all clear which military policies will be most effective in stopping the missiles.

    Some in the progressive camp, including Haaretz, have argued that force has not worked and that Israel should use Egyptian mediation to arrive at informal agreements to stop the violence. The problem is that this sounds a lot like what has already been attempted, and it hasn’t worked either.

    Perhaps the ideas proposed by Major General Giora Eiland (ret.), the former Israeli National Security Advisor, should be considered. As quoted by Elliot Abrams in the Council on Foreign Relations blog, Eiland calls for an immediate and strong response to any attack from Gaza. No slow escalation or signaling, just a quick and tough response. In addition, Eiland suggests closing the border and cutting off electricity for a while after each incident. In any case, the goal should be to convince Hamas of the value of a long-term ceasefire, while strictly limiting civilian casualties.

    I admit: The rocket attacks could get worse rather than better. But no matter how dangerous Israel’s operation is, the effort must be made. Until now, in effect, Israel has granted Hamas leaders a certain “reasonable level” of rocket attacks, and Hamas has no incentive to stop firing missiles. Common sense dictates that there must be a high, ongoing price exacted for every attack originating from Gaza.

    It isn't nice to go to jail ... but if that's freedom's price

    by Rusty Pipes on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:08:40 PM PST

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