Yes. The numbers are misleading due to the fact that they include terrorist and Hamas casualties, not just civilian.
I think the numbers that should be given the most credence are pure civilian casualties on both sides.
Breakdown of casualties during the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Children and minors in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Israle has caused mor civilian casualties...as collateral damage during operations targeting terrorists.
Palastinian terrorists have specifically targeted civilians and often women and children.
Not to sound cliche, but it is complicated.
The Israeli's have adopted the position of responding to attacks disproportionately...and that is not working.
Palastinian Terrorists have often specifically targeted civilians, even specifically targeting children and women.
From an international law perspective I lean heavily toward Palastine People.
Israel is way out of bounds and is perpetuating suffering with blockaides of legitimate food and medical supplies, they are continuing illegal
Palastinian terrorists however have done some flat out horrifying things and the majority of thier attacks are aimed at civilians...shock and terror
is clearly the goal.
They make it difficult to be sympathetic to thier cause.
Honestly what do I think the solution is?
In the past the US government has just played at condemning Israel and only for the most blatant, undeniable acts.
The Palastinians have never had any support from the West, despite having the legal upper ground in the conflict. This is due to
(1) they have entirely abandoned the Moral high ground with thier tactics, and
(2) The US Gov. has never looked as if it would compromise on it's support for Israel whatever the circumstances.
With the current administration showing signs of not having neccessarily "absolute" support of Israel...If I was the Palastinians, I would scale
back on terrorist operations, strike a deal with the current US administration and get an agreement that if the Palastinians cease terrorist
operations (targeting of civilians) that the US will publically condemn Israel, demand an end to settlements and blockaides and if Israel refuse then
threaten and then act on sanctions, embargos etc.
Would it work?...probably not, but this is their best chance. Love him or hate him, Pres Obama doesn't come from the typical US political pedigree
and ideological roots. They need to try and strike a deal with the Obama administration...If the Obama administration fails to sway Israel to end the
occupation, then they can always go back to doing what they are doing.
The status quo doesn't work. Public sentiment is moving on the issue. They need to cease all terrorist activities. let the world see them for the
victims they are, rather than terrorists...Strike a deal with the US administration/not Israel and roll the dice that the current POTUS is
sufficiently "out of the Box" and a US backed coalition can snap Israel out of their over-sized, disproportional, defensive rage.
Like I said...a long shot, but a better chance than in the past or likely in the future.