Hit them where it hurts!
Up until very, very recently, the response of the State of Israel and the IDF to the daily barrage of rockets, despite all the tough talk, has been to:
1) Shell open / empty fields
2) Fortify the roofs and structures in the threatened areas
3) Create an early warning system that warns when rockets are incoming
Quite unsurprisingly, over the course of these four years, a period of time where the residents of the Jewish communities of Sderot and Gush Katif (among many others) had to live under constant threat and fear, not once did we hear of the "Palestinian People" urging the "powers that be" to stop the rocket fire against the Jewish State. One could only assume from this silence, that the average "Palestinian" had no problem with such actions (as could be understood from Hamas' landslide victory in the recent "Palestinian" elections).
All of that changed recently, when the IDF finally began responding to the Qassam rocket attacks by shelling the areas from where they were fired, which happened to be, unsurprisingly enough, very close to "Palestinian" populated areas. Also unsurprising was the fact that all of the sudden, the "Palestinians" who had no problem with the daily rocket attacks into the Jewish State over the last 4 years now are urging the "powers that be" to stop the Qassam rocket fire.
Gazans urge PA to stop Kassams
In the wake of Israel's escalated response, Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip have appealed to the new Palestinian Authority government to take immediate action to prevent gunmen from firing Kassam rockets from their neighborhoods at Israel, a senior Hamas official said Tuesday.
The very 1st moment that the IDF takes steps that truly hold the "Palestinians" accountable for actions taken from areas under their control - or else - the "Palestinian" street makes it clear that they want no part of a confrontation with the IDF, and that the rocket fire must stop.
Let's hope that the leaders of the State of Israel and the IDF are paying attention, and that this "fresh" approach to dealing with Qassam rocket attacks becomes the official policy that will be used in response to all attacks against the Jewish State - and not one that becomes an exception rather than the rule.