Which famous author was it that said that there are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, dam-ed lies, and statistics?
Statistics - as given in this thread - do not tell the whole story, and are not objective by any means.
First, we have to consider the source of these numbers. Who is their source, and how can anyone here prove their objectivity? What kind of
verification do we have that the statistics given have any validity whatsoever?
This area of the Middle East is a war zone. Keep in mind that in all wars, propaganda - such as these statistics - can be utilized to persuade public
opinion. Don't believe everything you read - It is quite apparent that there is a political agenda behind these "statistics".
The fact is, Israel is surrounded on all sides by countries that hate the Jews. What exactly do you expect Israel to do to defend itself?
Frankly, I don't deny the Israelis the right to defend themselves against the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah, internationally recognized terrorist
organizations. If you were sitting in your local neighborhood Starbucks, and a terrorist suicide bomber blew up a bomb while you were sipping on your
morning cup of Joe, I am sure that you too would favor the steps that the Israelis have taken to defend themselves.
The main reason - as Eliad pointed out earlier - as to why so many civilians have died on the Palestinian side, is because the terrorists deliberately
hide among the people, without regard to their safety. They stash weapons, bombs, and the like right amongst families and civilians.
This is a very major, and significant point -- one that your alleged "statistics" refuse to acknowledge.
When Israel attacks these known terrorist cells, innocent civilians are injured or killed. All the while, Israel is NOT targeting civilians - The
civilians were unfortunately caught in the cross fire.
Is that Israel's fault? No, it's a propaganda tool of Hamas to persuade public opinion that "Israel is killing innocent civilians". It's dirty
pool on behalf of the terrorists, because they purposely hide amongst civilians.
Israel is an important ally to the United States in the region - A region known for thug terrorists that are bent on destroying the west through
radical Islamic Jihad. The U.S. is perfectly entitled to support its allies in the region through whatever means necessary - including strong
“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” --Article 49 of the Fourth
Geneva Convention of 1949
Israel has had a claim to this land since the time of Moses. In fact, the very name "Israel" was the spiritual name of Jacob, the father of the 12
tribes of Israel, and an important figure in the Old Testament.