Everyone talks about rights. Who’s right? Who has the right to do what? Without a lot of reasoning for now, here’s how I’m figuring it. Pretty much, each party to the conflict between Hamas and Israel is acting more or less within its right. Rights don’t justify any particular or every single action, but they establish general political and legal parameters, hedged in just a little by morality. It’s harsh. Here’s how it looks, schematically:
(–No one has the right to target civilians indiscriminately.)
(–No one has the right to use civilian structures for military purposes.)
–Israel has the right to control its border with Gaza and to interdict arms shipments.
–Hamas has the right to resist siege and occupation by means of force.
–Israel has the right to attack military assets (almost) wherever they find them.
–Hamas has the right to tunnel into Israel to attack (military) targets.
–Israel has the right to enter into Gaza to attack Hamas soldiers, rockets, and tunnel sites.