If what Israel is doing are 'surgical strikes' it looks like their Doctors do surgery by blindly swinging rusty chainsaws in kindergartens.
The latest spike in violence by an apartheid state like Israel would be universally condemned, but Israel being the 51st State of America gets to justify their brutal occupation in a bubble of hypocrisy.
Seeing as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak both tried to create a war on purpose in 2010, I don't think it's cynical to see this latest massacre of Palestinians as nothing more than an election campaign for Netanyahu.
The IDF propaganda machine that is David Farrar (and disturbingly FirstLine on TV3) pumps the justifications and crap rationals for the continued deaths of Palestinians while the Israeli Ambassador gets to spin without any real challenge.
The hopelessness and brutality inflicted upon the people of Gaza should shame the rest of us. Israel must be as isolated as South Africa and any incoming progressive Government must consider closing the Israeli embassy as a matter of principle.