Two-thirds of Israelis believe that Operation Cast Lead against Hamas terrorists in Gaza finished too early, according to a Truman-PSR poll released Monday.
However the survey, commissioned by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, also found that only thirty percent of Israelis back reoccupying Gaza in the case of continued rocket-fire on the South.
The two results aren't contradictory at face value. Having left, the last thing most Israelis want is to be responsible for the mess the Palestinian Authority and now Hamas have created.
Unfortunately, there's no other way to safeguard Sderot, Ashkelon and even places like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem ultimately with Hamas or even the Palestinians in control of Gaza. You can't live next to a nest of venomous vipers and not get bitten...(my apologies to snakes, which unlike Hamas only kill to eat or protect their territory and perform a vital function in nature).
Israel will eventually have to go back to Gaza, clean out Hamas, annex Gaza and resettle it with Jews..even if that means transferring a number of the current inhabitants elsewhere, whether to Egypt, Jordan, or the Palestinian occupied areas of Judea and Samaria.
The loss of Gaza would also provide a good lesson to the Palestinian Authority that violence and revanchist intransigence have a cost, while peace and quiet might just end up providing them with the independent Palestinian state - 'two states for two people, living together in peace' - that they claim to want.