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In the days when Hamas and Islamic Jihad were lobbing home made mortars and Ketushah rockets into Israel by the hundreds, things were bad. It was obvious that normal life in places like Sderot in the south near the Gaza border required action to halt the rocket fire. One could make the argument, and I heard it frequently, that these rockets and mortars did little damage and that Israel’s response to those attacks of launching Operation Cast Lead was more than should have been acceptable.
Over the past three years, Israel repeatedly noted that no other nation in the world would even be asked to tolerate such barrages, much less be accused of overreacting when attempting to halt them. For Israel, the threat of rocket attacks makes life difficult to bear and, for the residents of Sderot, in the minds of many, action on the scale of Operation Cast Lead…
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