I find it difficult to believe that so many people are looking at this situation and accept the premise that Israel is fighting the Palestinians, such is not the case. Israel is fighting Hamas, an Islamic terrorist organization, that along with the many other Islamic terrorist groups, to include Iran and others that have sworn to destroy Israel. Israel is fighting the same mindset that caused 9/11 and has sworn to destroy the US. It is the same mindset that killed our Ambassador in Banghazi and three others. It is a mindset that cuts off peoples heads, barricades doors and then sets the house on fire with people inside. It is a mindset that justifies hiding behind women and children, using them as shields. It is a mindset that has launched thousands of rockets into Israel from homes, Mosques, hospitals and schools, that moles underground tunnels into Israel to bomb, and kidnap Israelis.
I have no value for the Jewish religion and less value for Islam and Christianity and, most certainly, as a combat veteran no love of war, but I do have a value for what the Jews have accomplished in the building of Israel. As a democracy it stands alone in a sea of totalitarian rule, of barbarism and archaic and religious savagery where children are used as shields for cowardly zealots, Hamas and women are treated as cattle. That anyone could defend this mentality escapes any sense of reason, but demonstrates a bias based upon ignorance and not only a hatred of Israel, but a hatred of a free society.
Israel has the power to, at any given moment, completely destroy Gaza; level it to the ground, but it chooses not to in an attempt to mitigate the damage and still destroy those who would destroy them.