BTW, Kevin, if you think I am trying to paint Israel as being 'pure as the driven snow', think again. However, listening to the same claptrap over and over that Israel should just disappear is NOT part of my thinking. That is Hamas' philosophy. They avoid peace talks because their agenda is hatred and the destruction of the State of Israel. I am aware there is an election in February.
Estimates are that between 2002 and now, over 7000 rockets have been fired into Israel by various factions. Has has allowed it to happen over the last few years. SO, that said, what would YOU propose that would ensure the State of Israel its safety? Greeting cards won't cut it. Nor will 'passive resistance'. Does Israel play the game too? Indeed it does. But are we to assume that Hamas was working hard at getting the rockets OUT of Gaza? The mortars?
And if you were in striking distance of those rockets, would you ask the Israeli government to allow the attacks to continue so that Hamas "security forces" could sharpen their aim?