Holocaust taught that israel and jews must be self reliant as UK, USA did not save most of the jews. Not all jews learned this bitter truth, to raise families that are self reliant and where the kids train at least in martial arts, boxing and the like to be able to defend themselves. Unfortunately, the haredi for the most part get the exemption from idf and similar training for stupid reasons. And even today, some of the settlers while bright cannot defend themselves or handle firearms.
In that vein, olmert did not react one for one with hamas provocations. He is a weakling. There are a whole list of weaklings like beilin, peres, ben ami, ramon, even livni, even barak who was against the syrian hit. Its not simply about making war or fighting all the time. It is being able to challenge your opponent without being intimidated. So erdogan got he better of peres. Ahmadinejad intimidated larry king instead of say bill o'reilly would have challenged him right to his neck to come clean. its israeli lleaders being able to not make concessions out of fear.olmert, barak made concession s out of fear. Bibi so far held fast and deserves some credit because a lot of people were screaming for his blood.
israelis can be united. If circumstances dictate, israel will fight to the last man and for the land and take down the whole bloody area if it is denied a life. Israel's enemies need to know that.
When israeli leaders are strong, a deal can be had.