"Is this the David v Goliath story in reverse or what?" - Miss Muslima Nothing of the sort. David and Goliath fought a duel to the death to prevent the slaughter of their respective armies. In the intifada Palestinian terrorist 'armies" and the IDF waged wars of oppression and slaughter against both each other, and the civilians of the opposing side. A very different thing. Another difference is one that EVERY occupying army has to contend with. That is that they are occupying another nation, and the occupied people are the oppressed. Thus 'winning' can never be as important to the occupier as it is to the occupied. I forget the name of the Greek general who, after Salamis, took his top officers to the tent of the Persian King to serve them the dinner the Persian king had fled. "Gentlemen," he said, "I have brought you here to see the riches of the man who came to rob us of our poverty."
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)
from the article: Preparing for the next war