As noted below I have been holding off writing about Gaza until I felt more of the facts had been reported - not in the mainstream press of course or most of the electronic media.
The situation is tragic and unforgivable with two warring sides who really don't seem to be interested in peace or coexistence regardless of the posturing or the overt statements made.
Netenyahu has never really signed up for a Palestinian state and has used the Hamas ascendancy as an excuse for more attacks on the Palestinian people. He is driven further in this by the fractious nature of Israeli politics with the far right and religious parties pushing for a larger expanded Israel.
On the other side whether driven by Hamas or not there has been a steady flow of rockets from Gaza into Israel for years now and they have recently demonstrated that there is no safe place in Israel with houses and other buildings being hit by rockets from Gaza. The apologists say that not much damage has occurred in Israel and that the accuracy of the Palestinian weapons is poor. On the other hand if someone intends to bomb our house in St Kilda and misses so badly that they kill someone in Carlton do I feel relieved or do I want our forces to do something to stop such events?
How long did it take to find out that the UN school where poor innocents were sheltering was a hiding place for a weapons cache had been warned well in advance to vacate as an attack would occur
had children present as human shields whose bodies could be displayed to an outraged media after the attack
This is a tragic and deadly game with awful consequences for all players and worse for the non-players who happen to live there. I don't see a finish to this apart from some ugly escalations. What will be the outcome of dirty nuclear materials getting into extremist hands? It doesn't bare thinking of but somebody has to factor such contingencies in.