The Israel armed forces began its current offense with some justification for dealing with Hamas and the rocket attacks from Gaza, but recent events in which innocent men, women and children have been killed strips any form of legitimacy from Israel actions. The UN clearly identified a school as a site where civilians and children were staying, but Israel tanks and planes bombed the facility and killed at least 40 including many children. There is no question Hamas wanted a military action so it could adopt its ever ready rhetoric of defiance by posing as defenders of Palestinians. However, Israel has now lost any right to claim it was acting in self defense by its ruthless assault on civilians. Undoubtedly, Israel military leaders will argue that Hamas has hidden itself within the civilian population and therefore its armed forces have the right to pound away regardless of the presence of civilians.
There are times in life when one must accept the reality that terrorists lack any sense of moral ethical behavior, but that is no excuse for Israel to pursue the course of killing the innocent on grounds one must kill anyone who is in the vicinity of Hamas. Actually, prior to the land invasion of Gaza, Israel already had proved it could punish Hamas and compel the world to pay attention to rocket attacks. However, by this complete disregard for human life, the Israel armed forces are now behaving in the same manner as Hamas. The Israelis have met the enemy only to discover the “enemy is us.”
There is no excuse anymore– a cease fire must be adopted even if Hamas refuses to go along with it. Israel troops must withdraw from Gaza and allow UN forces to enter and supervise the situation. It is also time for every Arab nation to cease funding Hamas military forces and focus on assisting the civilians who are caught in the middle.