Right now, they are in the minority, but they offer hope for the future
This is a very thoughtful and balanced essay.
I would also recommend Thomas Friedman's article today "Why a Gaza Invasion and 'Once and For All' Thinking Are Wrong For Israel".
Thank you for this.
One thing is settled beyond doubt:
By taking time to kill infants in the midst of a (somewhat credible?) military operation, Hamas voluntarily removed itself from being considered as anything remotely human.
Thank you for writing this article; it does give one hope that there are some Muslims who have a code of morality that condemns violence against innocent people. The Israeli people do have a code of morality that values human life. As such, you do not see the Israeli government storing munitions in their hospitals or using their citizens as human shields. Not only do the Israelis value human life, they also know that the goal of Hamas, whose leaders were elected by the people of Gaza, is to destroy Israel and murder as many Jews as possible in the process. The attack on Israel is not just an act of terror. It is an act of war. As such, Israel must now fight a war with Gaza to protect its people, and they must be supported to fight this war until Hamas surrenders or is destroyed. The fact that the people of Gaza rely exclusively on outside aid that cannot get to them or their leaders is a problem for Hamas. Unfortunately, Hamas and Muslims who want the destruction of Israel do not care if their civilians die in this war, because they do not value human life.