Originally Posted by mr. compassionate
As usual I'm flabbergasted by your naivette. It was the English who intially proposed Israel not the US-backed by the UN. Get real and stop spewing typical left wing hate about Israel. You also don't understand the term genocide-this doesn't apply to so few deaths nor is Israel trying to exterminate a population
Although Israel isn't staging a Darfur-style ethnic cleansing in Palestine militarily, the argument could be made that there is an orchestrated state suppression of the Palestinian people.
If you accept the definition of genocide as "the organized attempt to deliberately and systematically destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group," then the cutoff of almost all goods into and out of Gaza and the West Bank, the continued illegal construction of Israeli settlements in formerly Palestinian neighborhoods, combined with Israel's past targeting of Palestinian civil infrastructure and the recent and ongoing construction of the suicide barrier are arguably a form of "soft" genocide.
Hamas has been purposely provoking Israel, hoping to get exactly the type of response they've just gotten so that they can continue to generate a sense of outrage among world Arab and Muslim communities. Hamas is a group that is dedicated not to the idea of a viable Palestinian state, but to the destruction of Israel. What is so repugnant is that Israel is playing right into their hands. They respond with overwhelming military force, occupy part of Gaza for a while, then eventually withdraw, and Hamas has a whole new bunch of radicalized recruits.
I would hazard a somewhat educated guess that the majority of Palestinians are not members of Hamas. Any punitive actions Israel takes against Gaza as a whole will necessarily include all of the Palestinians in Gaza, and not just the Hamas organization. Targeted strikes against Hamas leadership and a concerted diplomatic effort to cut off outside sources of support will be ultimately more effective at achieving Israeli security than full scale war. I know that rocket attacks against Israel will continue if their military does not go in and stop them, but if the process of stopping the rocket attacks radicalizes a whole other generation of future focket-firing Palestinians, then what long-term benefit has been achieved?
Israel is in a tough spot, but, short of actual wholesale genocide, an eye for an eye just adds fuel to the fire.