So what is Israel supposed to do?Submitted by NCforPaul on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:34
First, a disclaimer: right now, Israel sucks. I'll be the first to admit that. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, pro-Israel, and am a HUGE advocate of cutting all funding and military aid to the country.
However, the sheer fanaticism and hatred of Israel that I keep seeing is somewhat baffling; objectively, they're no worse than their neighbors, and the US is also funding several of said neighbors. I don't get the single-minded hate.
Anyway, that's actually beside the point. So you don't want Israel chucking rockets into Palestinian neighborhoods. Okay, fine, I can get behind that. I hate collateral damage no matter who's doing it (though Hamas should probably stop using neighborhoods as human shields, too), and rockets are a heck of a recipe for innocent casualties.
Here's the question: what, exactly, are the Israelis supposed to do in response to the attacks? We've agreed that counter-rockets are bad on account of collateral damage. What then?
Should they launch outright ground attacks in an attempt to clear out Hamas? Their special forces are certainly good enough to do so and keep civilian casualties to a minimum; however, I suspect the international (and anti-Israel) outcry would hit ridiculous levels.
Obviously the Israelis can't just take the rockets and suicide bombs without responding at all.
So the final option, and the one I suspect the anti-Israel fanatics want, is total capitulation to Palestine's demands.
From an objective, completely neutral standpoint, this is stupid beyond all reason. Palestinians have no more claim to the land than Israelis do - the entire freaking Middle East as we know it was basically created by Great Britain, including (GASP!) Palestine. It's not like the Israelis have some kind of ban on Arabs and Muslims, either.
So what, exactly, is Israel supposed to do in response to the rockets? The military options will be condemned, and the peaceful options are mind-numbingly stupid.