The Israelis and Hamas have agreed to a cease fire. However, here are some statistics to remember in this latest attack by Hamas:
At the official conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense, a total of 1,506 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, the overwhelming majority of which exploded in open, rather than populated areas, of the country, the IDF Spokesperson reports.And the real reason Hamas agreed to the ceasefire:
At least 875 rockets, 58 percent, landed in open areas of Israel, and a mere 58 — 3.8% — exploded in urban areas, according to the IDF’s statistics. Attempted launches of rockets failed 152 times. The Iron Dome missile defense system scored 421 interceptions, with an overall success rate of 84%. Five Israelis were killed by rocket fire, and 240 were injured, and 177 Palestinians were killed — of whom approximately 120 were combatants, according to the IDF — and over 900 were injured.
. . . the IDF carried out over 1,500 airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip, including “19 senior command centers, operational control centers and Hamas’ senior-rank headquarters, 30 senior operatives, damaging Hamas’ command and control, hundreds of underground rocket launchers, 140 smuggling tunnels, 66 terror tunnels,dozens of Hamas operation rooms and bases, 26 weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites.”Like all the ceasefires, truces, etc., before, Hamas won't hardly give the ink time to dry before they will be back to orchestrating terror attacks. There are only a few ways this issue will eventually resolve itself.
(1) Israel responds in some way that finally demoralizes the Palestinians such that they lose the will to fight Israel. This may take overwhelming casualties to the Palestinian people such that they lose the stomach for killing, like the Russian advance into the Third Reich, or our campaign against the Japanese. It may take destroying the centers of Islamic religion--particularly, Mecca.
(2) The Palestinians willingly embrace a more peaceful culture, such as through religious conversion.
(3) This continues for another several decades, during which time the Palestinian population will have fallen so far behind Israel's that they become irrelevant.