Michael Gerson argues against the notion that “military action by Israel is always counterproductive”:
It is true that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is two states living side by side in peace. But it is false to say that the fight against terrorists and the security of Israel have no part in achieving that goal.
Peace negotiations generally have preconditions, including the security of both parties. If Israeli citizens are convinced that the “peace process” really means impunity for terrorists who attack them, Israel will want no part of that process. If Hamas leaders remain confident in their impunity — convinced that their most effective strategy is to kill Israeli citizens while hiding behind their own — they will not be in the proper mood for meaningful negotiations either. Recent military operations have addressed some of Israel’s justified fears and, perhaps, tamed some of Hamas’ murderous arrogance.