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The only Question we need to ask about Hamas

Reader comment on item: Why Does Hamas Want War?

Submitted by sara (United States), Jul 12, 2014 at 19:58

The only important point about Palestinian vs Israeli casualties when news casters repeatedly tout the lack of Israeli deaths as proof that Israel is being more aggressive is this:

Where are the Palestinian bomb shelters?

Why are there no safe rooms or public shelters for Palestinian civilians to protect themselves during airstrikes? Is it Israel's responsibility to go in and forcibly build them (and they would just be destroyed along with everything else Israel has tried to build)

Israel phones up Palestinians to warn them of impending air strikes. If they had somewhere to go to for protection, they would have similar casualty numbers.

This point clearly demonstrates the desired outcome of the two entities. Israel tries to prevent civilian deaths and protect her own citizens, while Hamas (and PA) use civilians as shields and targets. Casualties are welcome martyrs for the cause.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Excellent points. Hamas has no wish to protect civilians from death - to the contrary, it calls on them to offer their lives to "protect" the military installations.

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