Many of them are women and children. This sad situation is much more complicated than would a appear at first glance, and people condemning Israel should take note that it takes two to tango.
1) On one hand, Israel's reaction could be described as a knee-jerk reaction, but is Israel violating international law, as some say?
2) Consider the fact that Gaza is the most densely packed area on earth.
3) Also consider the fact that, if Israel does nothing, then rockets from Gaza will keep hitting Israel's population.
4) Finally, consider the fact that those firing the rockets into Israel declared long ago that Israel has no right to exist.
Put it all together, and there can only be one conclusion - Israel's actions, as ugly as they may be, are because Israel has no other choice. I feel badly for the Palestinian women and children who have died in this latest war, but Israel DOES have the right to not only exist, but to fight for its continued existence with all the vigor it deems necessary.
To the Palestinians - Want this bloodshed to end? There is a simple way you can do it. Control YOUR country, and disarm the terrorists that are firing rockets at Israel from YOUR territory. After all, it was YOUR side that started it. Blame Israel all you want, but your own hands are not without blood on them.
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