With the recent Palestinian attack on innocent Israel that has killed four civilians… wait a minute… four? Only four? Well, Israel is still justified in killing a few Palestinians… 1000? One thousand dead because of four dead Israelis? Oh well, the Palestinians started it…
Or did they?
Below is an article from the Huffington Post, about an MIT study that analyzed who killed who first after a cease fire between Israel and Palestinians.
Some highlights… or lowlights:
“On November 4th, Israel killed a Palestinian, an event that was followed by a volley of mortars fired from Gaza. Immediately after that, an Israeli air strike killed six more Palestinians. Then a massive barrage of rockets was unleashed, leading to the end of the ceasefire. Thus the latest ceasefire ended when Israel first killed Palestinians, and Palestinians then fired rockets into Israel.”
But this can’t be typical–we know that Israel is the innocent victim… ‘cause the news tells us so.
“79% of all conflict pauses were interrupted when Israel killed a Palestinian, while only 8% were interrupted by Palestinian attacks (the remaining 13% were interrupted by both sides on the same day)”
“In addition, we found that this pattern — in which Israel is more likely than Palestine to kill first after a conflict pause — becomes more pronounced for longer conflict pauses. Indeed, of the 25 periods of nonviolence lasting longer than a week, Israel unilaterally interrupted 24, or 96%, and it unilaterally interrupted 100% of the 14 periods of nonviolence lasting longer than 9 days.”