According to this article, “870 Palestinians have been killed, roughly half of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis have also died.”
That’s 67:1, or let’s be conservative and use the ultra conservative civilian casualty number for every one Israeli killed, it is acceptable to kill thirty three Palestinian civilians. For the children that have died, do they see the difference between state sponsored terrorism or terrorism by non-state actors? Do children care who broke the truce? Do they cry about who has the right to defend themselves as they shut in, starved out, and constantly bombarded?
I’ll let Jabotinsky’s words speak for themselves, because they seem to drive the spirit of Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians:
Settlement can thus develop under the protection of a force that is not dependent on the local population, behind an IRON WALL which they will be powerless to break down. ….a voluntary agreement is just not possible. As long as the Arabs preserve a gleam of hope that they will succeed in getting rid of us, nothing in the world can cause them to relinquish this hope, precisely because they are not a rubble but a living people. And a living people will be ready to yield on such fateful issues only when they give up all hope of getting rid of the Alien Settlers. Only then will extremist groups with their slogan ‘No, never’ lose their influence, and only then their influence be transferred to more moderate groups. And only then will the moderates offer suggestions for compromise. Then only will they begin bargaining with us on practical matters, such as guarantees against pushing them out, and equality of civil, and national rights.
I’m with the UN in their resolution which calls for a full Israeli withdrawal, unimpeded humanitarian access and intense diplomatic efforts for peace. Too bad the UN can’t do jack. Sigh….