I have a close friend in Israel. I live near Detroit, with lots and lots of really nice Arab Americans around. There is blame on both sides, but, portions of those running Hamas and Palestinian groups are using their own people as pawns, human shields and homicide bombers. Agitator Palestinians launch a rocket, then run back to their homes with their women and children there. This elicits retaliation from Israel. Israel has great training and weapons, so they are utterly effective at killing whatever their target is. The bombed is considered martyred, a hero among the Islamic faithful, and the family or others the martyr hid among are considered murdered. This, to me, is the epitome of cowardice. Attack someone and stand your ground. You do not run back into the crowd then bitch that they hit one of your friends instead of or in addition to you. I really think that 99% of America does not get it. Israel is small physically. If Toledo, OH were getting bombed by Ontario, CAN. we would be flattening that town right now (or vice versa). The Palestinian people want peace, but the Palestinian leaders do not. The Israeli people would settle for being able to sleep through one supposed cease fire. G-d has chimed in as well on this one. What a mess. I have a particularly bad feeling about this round. Palestinian people, rise against YOUR leadership. Make them be peaceful, and Israel will have to respond accordingly in the eyes of the world. Easier said than done, but it is the only option. The change has to come from the Arab world, because Israel might look mighty ( and admittedly they are for their size) they are SURROUNDED, and have no choice but to be the what they are…willing to squash ANY threat to them decisively.