Benjamin Netanyahu writes in this morning’s WSJ. Closing graphs:
The goal of this mission should be clear: To end the current round of missile attacks and to remove the threat of such attacks in the future. The only cease-fire or diplomatic initiative that should be accepted is one that achieves this dual objective.
If our enemies assumed that the Israeli public would be divided on the eve of an election, they were wrong. When it comes to exercising our most basic right of self-defense, there is no opposition and no coalition. We stand united against Hamas because we know that only by defeating Hamas can we provide security for our people and hope for a future peace.
We fight to defend ourselves, but in so doing we are also fighting a fanatical ideology that seeks to reverse the course of history and throw the civilized world back into a new dark age. The struggle between militant Islam and modernity — whether fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, India or Gaza — will decide our common future. It is a battle we cannot afford to lose.
Read the whole thing. I have been trying to book Netanyahu for a few days, and will continue coverage of Israel’s battle with Hamas on today’s program with the more of the serious analysts of the war. Yesterday’s interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg is here, and with Robert Kaplan is here.