As I understand it, this began with the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens, though I believe one was an American (I could be wrong here). It was followed by the murder of a Palestinian teen. In the latter case, the perpetrator(s) was/were found and arrested. The perp(s) in the first case is/are still at large, if not lauded as wonderful for killing Jews. With the commission of the second act, that was all the provocation the Palestinians, led by Hamas, that was needed for the launching of missiles into Israel. (According to Caroline Glick, 80% of the Israeli population is now within range of Pallie missiles)
I'm not sure of the exactness of the above, but what follows is the routine. The Pallie/Hamas attacks are launched from amongst the Palestinian population. They use homes, schools, hospitals and even their own houses of worship to house their arms and launch their missiles. This, they believe, allows them to protect themselves as they feel relatively confident that the Israelis will balk at attacking these sites for fear of harm to civilians. In the meantime, they launch literally hundreds of rockets at Israeli targets, with the express purpose of killing as many Israelis, civilian or otherwise, as possible.
What is the response of the world? The Israelis are the aggressors who need to show restraint. Consider this taken from Allen West's website:
"If you want to know just how demented Bill Clinton and his ilk are, take in this quote: “In the short to medium term, Hamas can inflict terrible public relations damage on Israel by forcing it to kill Palestinian civilians to counter Hamas.” So now Hamas is winning because it’s “forcing” Israel to kill civilians?"
(Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/07/bill-clinton-hamas-winning-forcing-israel-kill-palestinians/#vaoElYsIgoLOoXHo.99)
Can you believe it? If you've been paying attention, you really have no choice.
I say, "Damn the public relations consequences!" The Pallies are complicit in their own deaths by allowing Hamas, or whomever is running that evil show, to purposely put them in harm's way. I believe the Israelis should disregard the consequences and lay waste to as much of Hamas controlled territory as possible.
But wait, Art! That's fighting evil with evil! No. That's doing what is necessary to protect one's people. What's more, aggressors do not respond to diplomacy, as we've seen since the institution of Israel back in the 1940's. What does provoke the proper response is pain, and lots of it. When the Palestinians are tired of burying their dead, when there are seemingly more dead than are those left alive to bury them, then perhaps they will also tire of bringing about their own destruction through seeking the destruction of others.
It's a sad reality that this is the way wars are won. Some wish to believe there are "Just War" theories that work in the real world. That peaceful solutions are possible when dealing with true evil. Others are too timid to admit who the truly evil are. We did not win WWII with this attitude.
Some insist that those like me are proponents of "war as solution" or "war as the only solution" or "war as the first choice of solutions". None of this is true. None of this reflects reality. The sad truth is that there are times when war is the only solution and against the radical islamists who seek to dominate and subjugate the world, there is no evidence in history that suggests they are likely to be talked into any peace with those who do not want to serve allah as they demand.
There is also little evidence that there exists enough civilian Pallies who are not down with the islamist cause and determination to eliminate Israel. These are people who believe it is a good thing to have their children kill themselves killing others. They are not of any concern to me. Not against the lives of those who would like nothing more than to lay down their arms once and for all, but cannot and expect to survive surrounded by those who hate them.
I reiterate that I do not care about a "two state" solution to this crisis. The Pallies don't deserve a state of their own and have not given any evidence that they ever will. They never had one in the first place. They aren't even a real nation. They were formed for the purpose of attacking Jews. There are only two options as I see it: They can change their ways and befriend Israel (and the world) or die. Period.