Faster than you can say "Howitzer barrage", my prediction has come true:
Hamas says it will stop attacks from Gaza
Israel arrests 206 terror suspects in West Bank
Sunday, September 25, 2005; Posted: 8:10 p.m. EDT (00:10 GMT)
An Israeli artillery piece fires a test round Sunday, just outside Gaza.
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The militant group Hamas announced Sunday it will stop attacks against Israelis from Gaza, after three days of violence that threatened fragile efforts toward peace between Israel and Palestinians
While my prediction did include the Israeli tactical response, I certainly didn't expect Hamas to realize how utterly fucked they were. Credit to Hamas for not being as suicidal as they claim to be. Like I said, as a Jew, I regret that Gaza is in Arab hands. But as a supporter of Israel, I think that leaving Gaza was a brilliant tactical move. And this explains why. On the same day that the IDF took out a Hamas leader in Gaza with an airstrike, Hamas backed down and agreed to stop attacking Israel. That's a highly atypical response from Hamas, as they generally would have been declaring war on Israel in the wake of such an event.
Ariel Sharon, Melech Yisrael!