this whole conflict should be obvious enough. you don't just invade a territory with a government whom you have one or two problems with. their intelligence agencies would normally just creep in and assassinate the people in charge. what the idf was doing this time was destroying entire buildings which housed media sources that aren't favorable toward israel, because palestine is seeking u.n. membership status. the way they view it is: if the messenger of their concerns is destroyed, then palestine won't look as legitimate, and all those countries that dominate the u.n. will vote them down. it's the old school psychopath's way of manipulating the political process.