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ShadowcatX wrote:Hamas chose to make those cities targets. If you're launching missles at a foe from a building, that building is not a civilian target anymore.
Israel is launching settlers that take their land from israel. Therefore israel isn't a civilian target anymore.
This logic is horrible. Launching a missile from granmas roof does not turn grandma into a legitimate target. The west bank is one of the most dreadfully overcrowded areas on the planet: there's nowhere to shoot from that ISN"T next to civilians.
And so far in this conflict Hamas has a better combatant to civilian ratio than Israel. (probably more to incompetence than will but still...)
Hamas (and by extension any Palestinian group) literally cannot fight against Israel in any way that falls under the normal laws of war. The power disparity is too for that. An attempt to do would result in the immediate destruction of amy such force, leaving only the less scrupulous militants alive. Their alternatives are to simply give up any armed resistance, die, or take up terrorism. That's the nature of asymetric warfare. Even if they managed to only attack Israeli military targets (which their rockets don't have the targetting ability to do.), they'd still have to do so from "behind human shields".
The Israeli military on the other hand, since they're operating from an area they control, that the enemy can't simply obliterate as soon as they find it, can do things like establish military bases away from civilians. They have the capability be more selective in their choice of targets.
If this wasn't true, I have no doubts that the remnants of the Israeli forces would behave the same way as Hamas. Hide among the civilian population. Attack soft targets of opportunity. Not because they're evil, but because those are only avenues left to them. Because it's what you do when your land is occupied and oppressed by a foreign power.