...because each and every instance of rockets has been responded to by Israel and resulted in a ten-to-one kill ratio against the Palestinians every step of the way. Nope, as the Goldstone Report makes clear, it was collective punishment to elicit a desired political outcome for Israel, the occupier country. You will have a hard time convincing the world community that the destruction of a chicken egg farm and all the other critical civilians infrastructure was necessary to curb rockets. Indeed, by not complying with the ceasefire and breaking it on November 4th, 2008 it was Israel that caused the outbreak of rocket fire. Israel simply could have chosen to extend the ceasefire, Hamas wanted to, but Israel had planned this war *before* it entered into the first ceasefire. Israel further extended this perfidy just before the war with a "lull" - that episode is best described by Karen AbuZayd...
Peru forces rescue 54 adults and children held captive by Shining Path (AP)
from the article: Goldstone: Israel intentionally targeted Gaza civilian sites