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It is important to recognize that Israelis and Palestinians both want peace, but Hamas‘ reign in Gaza repeatedly undermines these efforts.

The ongoing attacks, including last week’s assault, demonstrate a need to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. Once Hamas is defeated, peace talks can continue, and the hope for a peaceful two-state solution can endure.

A brighter day for the Middle East may be near, but in it there would be no room for Hamas.

Avi Dichter is a member of the Israeli Knesset and a former Shin Bet director.