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September 27, 2002

Heartening

Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan U. reports in NRO that If Attacked, Israel Will Respond:

[N]o one in Washington should assume that the Sharon government will decide or be able to "show restraint." While a single exception to the rule of retaliation [during the Gulf War] may have left Israeli deterrence relatively intact, a second instance forms a dangerous pattern. Perhaps a few conventional-missile warheads that do little damage can be waived off, but major casualties or any signs of chemical or biological weapons will make Israeli restraint unstoppable. For a people and a nation formed in large part by the survivors of Europe's Holocaust, and for whom the concept of self-defense is a cardinal principle, another and potentially far more costly round of "sitting back and taking it" is unimaginable.