Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Deterrence has two prerequisites: (1) overwhelming military power, and (2) the will to use it ruthlessly.
Israel has the power, but the leaders of Israel’s government lack the will. By the “government” we mean the political and military echelons.
Apart from obtaining crucial information, Israel’s security forces should eliminate any apprehended Arab terrorist. Even former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, when asked what should be done to terrorists, replied: “Kill them!”
Deterrence will also be improved on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv when the IDF mission in Gaza is to completely eliminate any vestige of terrorist groups, such as Hamas. The policy of “self-restraint” should be limited to children.