I'd like to point out some things here:
Ron, you are exactly right: The standard Liberal argument goes something like this:
Palestine may be full of terrorists, but Israel MADE them that way.
Israel is as much of a terrorist as HAMAS.
Palestine, in order to defend ITSELF, must fire rockets into populated Israel areas.
They are justified in using 'uneven' force because they are smaller and the 'aggrieved.'
Here's the thing: if you believe all the above, you will NEVER believe in both sides being responsible for this endless conflict.
Two other things, while I'm at it:
Israel is facing a national election. Currently at the heart of the matter is the giving away of the Gaza Strip as appeasement. The Liberals in Israel pushed for this very strongly. Now, in order to be re-elected, they are going to have to save face, and have escalated this tit-for-tat with rat-a-tat-tat. Because, in the eyes of Israeli citizens, the give-a-way was a complete failure for peace, Conservatives and Hawks have the inside edge on winning. If you look back at Israeli election history, in almost every case, there was a war escalation prior to the election. Their soverignity is a major big deal to them, and they often demonstrate 'flexing muscles' as a way of not appearing weak to the citizenry.
Israel's second Incursion Into Lebanon was also an eye-opener for them. While justified in quashing Lebananese guerillas, they overextended and pushed too far into the city. They had major problems with the insertion, and backed out quickly when public opinion back home got too hot. The Israeli military learned that an incursion into the Gaza Strip could be fraught with similar situations that the US faced when taking a city, 24 hours passes, terrorists move back in, US retakes, terrorists move out, etc. There virtually is NO WAY to secure an area unless you are willing to permanently occupy it. So......what's a poor boy to do? It's Lose/Lose.
This is the hazard of 'Urban Warfare.' Huge body counts, lots of innocents slain. Arguably, the Israel military is the best in the world in fighting city guerillas/terrorists. They are struggling to not appear the bully here, and perhaps are losing that argument. My point is that every country has agreed after WWII not to use cities as shields, but terrorists do it time after time. The media sees the Palestinians as the 'aggrieved' and will seldom, if ever ,report on the terrorist activities against Israel. Hamas is breaking every Convention of War there is (except for chemical & nuclear warfare) and there is no denying that the International community doesn't say much simply because they don't want to be dragged into the Middle East mess. (exceptions to this are China, Central America and other Muslim countries, which will openly codemn Israel for using too much toilet paper and causing a shortage in Palestine.)