Like President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to employ targeted assassinations as the main element in combating terrorism. The U.S. has 'sanctified' this method by defending it, and the civilian casualties is causes, in repeated statements and repeated use.
The innoocent civilians of Gaza are paying the price.
Whether the 'hit list' is Obama's or Netanyahu's the result is the same. Innocent civilians are killed much more often than the targets. Israel's B'Tzelem puts the ratio at around 74%. That's 3 innocents for every target. Most recently 160 Palestinians were killed, more than 100 were civilians, including thirty-four children, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Some 1,000 were wounded, all but thirty of them civilians.
Whether or not Israel is in the midst of a genocidal attack on Gaza, or perhaps a systematic destruction of infrastructure and morale in an apartheid-like scheme, or just doing what it's fear-impaired judgement chooses as the correct path to peace, the results for innocent Gazan citizens is the same.
And speaking of innocent civilians, we note that the trauma being inflicted on Gazans will result in years of pain for the families of those killed, and years of deep psychological problems for the children that are witnessing the slaughter of the innocents, the destruction of their culture, and the disruption of their lives.
Dear President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu:
Killing for Peace is like F***ing for Virginity, It just doesn't make any sense.
For more on the trauma: As Gazans Recover From Israeli Attacks, Trauma Mixes With Tentative Hope, Kouddous, The Nation