100 eyes for an eye
Gaza is a narrow strip with over a million refugees from episodes of Israeli intimidation and harassment, squeezed in. Israel is a Jewish state founded on the typical 19th century colonial basis of ethnic purity, land seizure and occupation, large-scale immigration from Europe and a large-scale containment, repression and exile of the other people already there. Israel is now dependent on immigration to maintain a dominant majority and they will not permit the vanquished Arabs in Gaza or any of the other millions of Palestinian refugees in neighbouring countries and the West Bank to return. In Australia this colonial ideology was dubbed the "White Australia Policy", in the United States it was called "Manifest Destiny", in South Africa they called it "Apartheid", in Israel they call it "Zionism" and in New Zealand and Canada - where conformist and incurious smugness combines with favourable comparisons to their bigger neighbours - their governments and European populations still can't bring themselves to acknowledge they are colonial entities let alone give a name to what they have been doing. [UPDATE: After some more thought the name of the colonial ideology in New Zealand is simply: "New Zealand". That is what the government mercenaries and kupapa were killing and dying for according to the memorials to the so-called "Maori Wars", not for the Queen of for the Empire, but for "New Zealand".]
The US and NZ and many other Western nations backed the creation of Israel against the wishes of every country in the region - and to the extent NZ still backs Israel (eg. by the NZ government inviting the Israelis to establish an embassy in Wellington, through trade, by participating in Israeli diplomatic stunts like orchestrated walk-outs on Iran etc.) then the NZ government too must have blood on its hands.
Gaza voted for a Hamas government in an election and for this democratic sin they have been collectively punished - blockaded on all sides (incl. the air and the sea) by Israel - an act of war.
"And we will continue to support Israel's right to defend itself," Obama said.
"My message [...] was Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory."
Commentary about Israel from the Americans occurs in a void inside a bubble of their own hypocrisy and Obama's remarks are typically callous and one-sided. No country on Earth - we might immediately respond - would tolerate being blockaded in the brutal manner Israel has to Gaza. Surely, Gaza has a right to defend itself too? But they aren't the chosen people, they're Arabs and they can be slaughtered en mass and at will on the whim of the IDF without any moral qualms it seems.
In this current conflict it appears that Israel is running out of legitimate targets and is going down the list in the way they did in 2008. Eventually they will be left blowing up schools and hospitals - like last time when they shelled UN-marked schools with banned chemical weapons.
And the local right wing Jews dutifully pump out the IDF propaganda:
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