Originally Posted by kinggovernor
then it would be helpful to make peace with their neighbors.
and rocket fire/mortar attacks doesn't affect the every day life of Israeli citizens?
see point #1
So basically you have ignored evrything that Israel is doing in terms of human rights abuses.
Israel actively stopped the peace process with the pull out plan in the first place. The Israeli government has shown no real desire to engage in productive peace plans and has failed to live up to any promises that it has made under the peace process. Despite Abbas meeting all of Israel's pre-conditions. I do no condone the rocket attacks, but Israel is empowering Hamas by doing nothing for statehood in the West Bank.
It won't even halt settlement expansion which is suppose to be the first phase of the Road Map.
they are part of the war effort, they are legit military targets.
no they do not.
No, no they are not, according to section II article 13 of the Fourth Geneva Convention persons may not be targeted for their political beliefs.
Nor can they be targeted if they are taking no active part in direct hostilies against Israel which they aren't as those buildings and sites are not launching zones, nor weapon storage facilities or even military training grounds. Especially civic centers and police HQ and things such as the power plant and the metal foundry.
the collective punishment idea is a joke, it can be applied to any war.
Yeah, it was such a big joke that Israel ratified laws listing it was a war crime.
I do, perhaps you could enlighten us with some of your wisdom?
Hamas ran under a platform of a two state solution with Israel during the elections. It dropped its call for Israel's destruction and advocated a ten year peace deal. Hamas further renounced the use of suicide bombings and one support by showing itself to be a less corrupt organization than the PLO.
Hamas also one widespread support due to its charity work and the fact that it was able to construct and run large scale social programs, schools, hospitals, religious institutions, etc.
Obama said it himself
Right, because that makes it better?