The Palestinians have chosen Hamas to lead their government. They did so in 2007. These are not nice people. They aim to conquer the world. That is their reason for being. It is so stated in their charter that their mission is to kill Jews.
Article Seven: The University of Hamas
“…even if the links have become distant from each other, and even if the obstacles erected by those who revolve in the Zionist orbit, aiming at obstructing the road before the Jihad fighters, have rendered the pursuance of Jihad impossible; nevertheless, the Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).”
It clearly calls for both the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews wherever they are found. “The day will come when the trees will call out ‘here’s a Jew, come kill him.’” They don’t care whether they kill Israeli civilians. They also don’t care that their own civilians die. They see that as a coup. They see the dying of their own civilians as a win, because they are then considered martyrs. Martyrdom is the highest calling of members of Hamas in particular and Palestinians in general.
As Charles K. noted, “Israel is using a missile defense system to protect its citizens, while Hamas is using its citizens to protect its missiles.” Bill Maher (not a professing conservative) said, “If Hamas had the opportunity, they would kill the maximum number of Israelis. Israel has the opportunity to kill way more (than they are killing) and they do not. It seems like they are the victim of the soft bigotry of high expectation.”
If Hamas had the chance, they would, by their own declaration, wipe Israel from the face of the earth.
Remember, in 2005 Israel withdrew from Gaza, they are not occupying Gaza. Israel does not want to occupy Gaza, they want to take out tunnels and missile launchers. They want to live their lives in the open, rather than in bunkers and bomb shelters. While Israel’s leaders believe in life, Palestinian leaders believe that death is to be glorified. Death to Palestinians is “sad” in that mothers, siblings and some fathers mourn loudly, they soon speak of their departed as martyrs for the Palestinian cause…that is, defeating Israel for Allah.
Israel used their money to build bunkers and Iron Man Missile Defense Systems. The Palestinians used their money to build rocket launchers for the expressed purpose of attacking Israel, not to protect their people.
Some have berated Israel for firing rockets at U.N. schools, homes of Palestinians, and public places in Palestine. Their reasoning seems to be that if the Palestinians are firing their rocket at Israel from those locations, they should be allowed to continue doing so. Those places should be safe havens for Palestinian rocket launchers. Does that seem either right or reasonable to you? Is that the way one ensures the safety of one's people? Only take out the launchers in "un-sanctified" areas? Let the rest go ahead and launch away?
If Palestinians are seeking safety for their people, why would they station rocket launchers in schools. Are they no smart enough to know that is dangerous to civilians? Or maybe they secretly like it that way for propaganda purposes.
Israel received and assimilated 800,000 refugees. The rest of the Middle East has a similar number of refugees (in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere) that they use as propaganda tools, hostages and shields. Israel has a million and a half Arabs living among them, and they treat them as Israeli citizens.
With all of that said, which group is more likely to be taking the higher moral ground, Israel or Palestine?
The only possible correct answer is: Israel.