You make some good points about Gaza, but consider this. Israel is trying to avoid killing civilians. In response, Hamas stockpiles their weapons and shoots their rockets in areas of high civilian populations, like schools and mosques. If you are going to take out the rocket launchers, some civilians will be hit, Hamas has guaranteed this. Hamas also makes no such attempt to spare civilian Israelis with their attacks.
In this context, there will never be peace. Israel gave more land in the hopes of peace, and Hamas uses this new land to launch attacks from. The rest of the world may not get this, but Israel does.
That is why civilian casualties in Gaza are excused in by some around here. We understand their deaths are mostly because of Hamas and then used by Hamas to manipulate people like you.
And the Geneva conventions agrees with us. Civilian deaths fall squarly on the shoulders of the defenders using them as human shields.
what was so interesting when it came to this deal, and the likely reason the democratically elected government didn't sign it, may have had to do with the fact Israel didn't want to pay any money to the Palestinians for the gas. Imagine that?
Nah, you are right, 4 billion wouldn't do anything...
The deal would enable BG Group, former owner of British Gas, to begin developing the Palestine Authority's only natural resource. There would be enough gas to provide 10 per cent of Israel's annual energy requirement, and the Palestinians would receive total royalties of $1 billion, 25% of the overall expenditure.