Try putting yourself into the heart and mind of an Israeli citizen.
Imagine living in a country surrounded by people who at one time or another have sworn to eradicate your country from the face of the planet. Imagine that those neighboring countries are so close to each other — let alone to your neighborhood — that a supersonic jet can go from point to point in a matter of a few minutes.
Think also of how you might react if one of your neighbors, governed by a known terrorist group that retains your country’s destruction as its main objective, begins firing missiles into your community. The missiles are targeting civilians, children and their parents.
How in the world would you react if you had the means to respond aggressively? You would use whatever force you had at your disposal to put down the attacks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza. Why? Because Hamas — the governing authority in the Palestinian Authority — has launched attacks on his country.
Netanyahu has made no apology for the ferocity of his country’s response.
I do not blame him one single bit.
Hamas needs to end its campaign to eliminate Israel. Same for Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, on Israel’s northern border. How about ISIS, which is waging a civil war in Syria, yet another neighboring country?
They’re all deadly serious about their intent to eradicate Israel.
Should the Israeli government do nothing when its people are being threatened with ordnance falling from the sky from multiple directions?
Not for an instant.