The tragedy is that innocent civilians on both sides of the border are paying the price, once again, and that military action will not guarantee long-term stability or peace.
Well, yes. But if Hamas had not shot off rockets, continually, since the Disengagement, no Gazan civilians would be injured or worse. Not to mention the human shield effect.
There was no way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was going to tolerate the Hamas bombardments, which are indiscriminately lobbed at Israeli population centers. Nor should he.
Hamas can’t defeat Israelis, so it tries to terrorize them.
Why "defeat" Israel? Is there something about Hamas your paper is not fully emphasizing about Hamas?
The United Nations says that of the more than 260 Palestinians killed, three-quarters were civilians, including more than 50 children.
Check this, guys:-
Over 80% of Gazans killed so far have been male, with almost half of these males being in the 18-28 age group. One can imagine many of these being “combatants.” A further 20% of these males are between 29 and 48, an age group one could envisage may also contain manyAnd more:
Hamasmembers. In other words, these figures bring into question how many of those killed were really innocent civilians.
Military action, however, is not a long-term solution, as Israeli operations in 2012 and 2008-9 showed. Israel seized Gaza in 1967 and withdrew in 2005. It is hard to see how re-occupation would serve Israel’s interests.
Well, at least those operations prove that Hamas will not keep to cease-fire terms, will re-arm and begin terror again. And again.
The best solution remains a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
No. The first condition to a solution is disarming/decommissioning the Pal. Authority Ramallah/Gaza.
...Hamas leaders have rejected one proposed in the past week by Egypt and are demanding better terms. Meanwhile, Palestinian civilians suffer the consequences.
No recalling "Israeli civilians" (above: "The tragedy is that innocent civilians on both sides of the border are paying the price")?