rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. After a negotiated ceasefire which Gaza broke 65 times-----yes, that's right, they launched 65 more rockets without Israel striking back----the violence escalated again when Israel targeted an illegal tunnel being built for smuggling weapons. In response, Hamas resumed frequent shelling. Hundreds of rockets were launched from Gaza in December. Funny thing is, I did not hear about any of this from our "biased, pro-Israel" media until the moment when Israel ultimately decided to fire back.
It is true that thePalestinian rockets were primitive, and only rarely caused deaths and injuries. But Hamas has declared war on the state of Israel in the very language of it's official charter. They do not seek a two state solution; Hamas will not stop fighting until the destruction of the State of Israel, and the establishment of a Wahhabist (Sunni fundamentalist) state in all of Palestine. Should Israel have to wait until they can arm themselves with more sophisticated gadgetry to make it a fair fight?
It's true that the images coming out of the conflict are disturbing. Israel is trying not to harm civilians, but when the extremists use the population as human shields, tragic results are inevitable. Furthermore there are other images that reveal another dimension of this problem. For example the image below shows Palestinian children being trained how to use rockets.
In the Summer of 2008, tens of thousands of Palestinian children were sent to camps where they were trained to crawl under barbed wire and fire rockets.
Jeffrey Goldberg offers this perspective:
One more thing, speaking of pornography -- we've all seen endless pictures of dead Palestinian children now. It's a terrible, ghastly, horrible thing, the deaths of children, and for the parents it doesn't matter if they were killed by accident or by mistake. But ask yourselves this: Why are these pictures so omnipresent? I'll tell you why, again from firsthand, and repeated, experience: Hamas (and the Aksa Brigades, and Islamic Jihad, the whole bunch) prevents the burial, or even preparation of the bodies for burial, until the bodies are used as props in the Palestinian Passion Play. Once, in Khan Younis, I actually saw gunmen unwrap a shrouded body, carry it a hundred yards and position it atop a pile of rubble -- and then wait a half-hour until photographers showed. It was one of the more horrible things I've seen in my life. And it's typical of Hamas. If reporters would probe deeper, they'd learn the awful truth of Hamas. But Palestinian moral failings are not of great interest to many people.