Ron's point shouldn't be avoided or evaded.
Hamas, (trained and equiped by Iran), is
the problem. They deliberatley use civilians as shields and to create casualties,
(they've gone so far as to deny them exit to Egypt for treatment
when wounded). They had their chance when Isreal pulled out in 2005,
and chose instead to continue in their purpose to destroy Isreal and its people.
"In the ultimate goodwill gesture, Israelis withdrew from Gaza in August 2005. Israeli soldiers literally dragged devout Jews kicking and screaming from land they believed the Torah granted them. Authorities evacuated 21 Jewish settlements, dismantled 38 synagogues, and even excavated 47 deceased Jews from Gaza’s Gush Katif cemetery. Unwanted dead or alive, the Israelis vanished from Gaza without a trace. The 8,150 Jews who lived there linger only in the memories of their Palestinian ex-neighbors. . .
Israel is now defending itself appropriately, despite the predictable hair-pulling of anti-Israeli journalists and activists. Some complain that Israel’s response is not proportional. If proportionality is key, may Israel shoot 5,422 missiles and mortars indiscriminately into Gaza’s residential neighborhoods?
Israel’s critics scream when Palestinians tragically suffer collateral damage from its attacks on Hamas’s armaments. But they hush up when Hamas uses Gazans as human shields. Hamas’s TV broadcasts ask civilian men, women, and children to protect suspected terror sites from expected Israeli strikes. Hamas wins either way: If Israel retreats, to spare unarmed civilians, Hamas ridicules Israeli weakness. And if Israel attacks, Hamas hollers about Israel’s anti-Palestinian carnage . . .
“For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land,” Hamas parliamentarian Fathi Hammad said on Al-Aqsa TV last February 29. “This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death like you desire life.’"