If Israel really wanted peace, their actions would have been to reach out to the Palestinian people, including those in Gaza. A benevolent Israel would have gone far in marginalizing and suppressing Hamas and other militant influence. Israel's killing of civilians was meant to turn the civilians against Hamas, but Israel had given the civilians plenty of reason to hate Israel beforehand, so this never worked as intended. The killing of so many Palestinian civilians and then arguing that it was "accidental" is insulting to the Palestinian people as well as anyone other than a right wing Jew. If, on the other hand, Israel's intent was to continue with settlement construction, then treating all the Palestinians as an enemy is the correct path. The Palestinians have no powerful sponsor and they do not have the ability to mount an existential threat against Israel. Israel can victimize them to any extent they desire, and the Palestinians can do nothing about it. Currently, Israeli officials are considering offering some peace fakery to blunt the coming UN consideration of Palestinian statehood. The simple fact that Israel opposes a state for the Palestinian people speaks volumes about Israel. That's all people need to hear before deciding who is right and who is wrong. It is not for Israel to judge the worthyness of others to make an independent state.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
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