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That’s what I call hardball negotiation

When it comes to protecting its troops, Israel is deadly serious:

Israel last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.
The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.
It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza.
Hamas’s Gaza-based political leaders, including Mr Haniyeh, had already gone into hiding. [Ed: Good luck hiding, fellas.]
But last night’s direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes. [Ed: When you democratically elect thugs, don’t cry when things get ugly.]

Much of Gaza, including two main hospitals, was without power and running water as a UN aid chief warned that the 1.4 million residents of the strip were three days away from a humanitarian crisis. [Ed: That’s what you get for putting Hamas in charge. Cause, meet Effect.]

Residents complain that sonic booms caused by Israeli jets traumatise children and that shelling confines families to their homes. [Ed: My heart bleeds for you. Really. Yup.]

Egypt and the neighbouring Arab states of Jordan and Lebanon fear a war between Israel and the Palestinians could lead to uprisings within their own borders, which house many Palestinian refugees. [Ed: Serves ’em right.]

The only thing that these Islamofascist thugs understand and respect is force. I say Israel ought to apply it. Hard.
Hat tip: VikingSpirit