We should all oppose and speak out against attacks on civilians, but the Palestinian attack on the Kerem Shalom tank base was not an act of terrorism. Palestinian fighters attacked a military base that had been shelling Gaza relentlessly. In the past few months over 5,000 shells have been fired at Gaza. On June 9th Huda Ghaliya lost five brothers and sisters and her father when an Israeli warship shelled a family at an outing on a beach in Gaza. That was terrorism.
It is often remarked that the captured Israeli soldier is so very young, around 20. Well, what about the much younger Palestinians in Israeli dungeons? According to Ha'aretz there are 313 Palestinians under the age of 18 in Israeli prisons. Youth, kids, children. Not that Ha'aretz is any beacon of reason. Read their writers in this "New York Times of Israel" and see how one after another they demand blood from the "terrorists".
Not too many months ago many on the Left were singing the praises of Amir Peretz, the "peace" candidate of the Labour Party. Well, Peretz made his "peace" right after the election, peace with the Sharonist-Olmert government. He became Defense Minister. And nothing changed, not the shelling, not the assassinations, not the lies. Peretz most infamous statement was his flat out denial that Huda Ghaliya's family was shredded by an Israeli shell. He blamed Hamas!
On June 27th in an interview Peretz told Yedioth Aharonot, "Upon leaving the area [Gaza], Israel announced before the world that it would respond in the harshest manner possible to any attack against it originating in evacuated areas, and we have complete legitimacy to do so." (see ynetnews.com) A total lie. It's a war crime to react to an attack in the "harshest manner possible". There are limits. There is international law.
As Naom Shalit, the captured soldier's father stated Wednesday, "The emphasis here is on an intelligent, rather than impassioned, operation. We would like no additional injuries, not among IDF troops and certainly not among innocent civilians on both sides, Israeli and Palestinian. This is of the utmost importance to us."