Obviously, the intent is to place the Olmert government in an impossible situation. No government can allow its people to be chased off the land, and no government can issue threats like that, creating an asymmetry. A terrorist group is "allowed" to do that. What if Israel were to announce that residents of Gaza should evacuate "for their safety and the safety of their children?"
The time when Israel will have almost no choice other than to annihilate the Hamas regime in Gaza is fast approaching. Everything the Hamas does points to that, as though they, not just their suicide bombers, have a death wish.
But no operation should be undertaken unless it is reasonably certain of achieving total success. As the Second Lebanon War demonstrated, anything less than total success will be labeled a failure and will strengthen the other side.
PRC: Residents of southern Israel should evacuate
Published: 02.08.08, 11:29 / Israel News
A senior Popular Resistance Committees official, Abu Abir, claimed responsibility for the rocket barrages against southern Israel earlier in the day on behalf of his organization. Abu Abir told Ynet he urges the residents of Sderot and other southern communities to evacuate from their homes.
"What was up until now is nothing compared to what will be. We call on them to evacuate for their safety and the safety of their children," he said. (Ali Waked)