The conflict between Palestinians and Israelis has been an on-going issue for the past 60 years.
Out of this conflict uncountable wars have been fougt - mostly in other countries. Lebanon for instans has suffered tremendously as a result of this conflict.
Israels point is its right to defend itself. To defend itself from attacks from Hamas, Israel decided to proceed with a fullscale war against the Hamas stronghold Gaza.
I don't support Hamas. Hamas is a fundamentalist and extremist group of people with no desire for peace and cooperation. Hamas sees the civil population in Gaza merely as victims that can be used for higher propaganda purposes. And as recruits to the next generation of terrorists.
Unfortunately the more civilians who dies in Gaza, the more Hamas will succeed in its aim.
Israel has chosen to launch its campaign in the shadow of a paralyzed American political administration. Knowing that schism between an outgoing and an incoming president puts any strong reaction on standby until further notice. The UN Security Council has excluded itself from everything by allowing permanent member states to veto against anything that would put contributions from the jewish voters on stake. In the light of this Israel has free hands to proceed with something that can be associated with the destruction of Warsaw in 1944.
EU has sent a delegation to Tel Aviv to discuss the matter with the Israelean government and with the Palestinian president. Unfortunately, Mr. Abbas is not speaking on behalf of the Palestinian majority. Question therefore is: Will EU be able to achieve anything?
The other questions one could raise are: Are we interested in resolving the conflict at all? Do we care about the survival of the 1 1/2 millions living in Gaza? Or do we after all feel that it's somehow convenient to let the Israelis do the dirty work for us?