Ending the Gaza terrorism is relatively simple: every time a rocket or a shell is fired on Israel, she must launch a rocket against Gaza’s population centers. The cause and effect will soon be clear, as every Kassam launch results in dozens of deaths in Gaza. The immediate and unforgiving retaliation would likely stop the terrorists.

With the deterrence thus restored, Israel could safely open all crossings and turn a blind eye to Hamas’ accumulation of weapons. Jews know they don’t want to occupy Gaza, but Hamas is always suspicious about our plans and will continue to accumulate weapons. As long as the terrorists are deterred from firing at us, we do not care about their weapons stocks.

Another point of contention is open access from Gaza to the West Bank. On this, the West Bankers are much more apprehensive than Israel. Mass migration from Gaza to the more prosperous West Bank is irrelevant to us but unacceptable to West Bankers, who resist the professional refugees’ encroachment. Technically, a West-Bank—Gaza road is not a problem: it can be an overpass or even a tunnel.

Peace in the West Bank is much more problematic. There, Israel needs to finish the separation wall to stop the free movement of Palestinian illegals. Such a wall, close to Arab population centers, will be exceedingly humiliating for them, a constant reminder of what they see as Jewish occupation. The border in Gush Etzion, wavering as a drunk’s path and cutting to the center of Arab villages, will also be highly visible and provocative. Borderless coexistence is impossible for economic and security reasons, while borders preclude peaceful coexistence.

Tensions will be still higher in Jerusalem. Just as the Berlin Wall became a symbol, so would the wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Arab occupation of the Temple Mount and Jewish works in its vicinity will result in religious flare-ups.

Good neighbors can solve such questions, but there is no goodwill here. Jews defeated Arabs in the open field, while Arabs defeated Jews in terrorism. Both parties grudgingly capitulated.

Neither side is interested in annihilating the other. Many are wrong in comparing Hamas to the Nazis: Jews laid no claim on Germany, but took the land settled previously by Gaza refugees.

At best, Jews will keep pacifying Arabs through retaliation. Essentially, Israel has proclaimed herself ready to enforce peace after the settlement is reached. But if we are committing ourselves to the pacification of terrorists, why do we need the settlement? Israel can just as easily discourage the Arabs from terrorist attacks by immediate retaliation—and keep all the land to herself.