I think the caveat here must be that the whole ordeal has reached a point where the origins are largely inconsequential: Israeli violence spurs Palestinian violence, which in turn spurs more Israeli violence. I think had Israel acted differently early on, we might have a more peaceful region. But after awhile, the violence becomes an end itself, and it's something both sides must work on stopping.
You do realize one side had tanks, jet warplanes, nukes, open borders, the protection of the USA, and a history of invading everyone around it, right?
I find the arguments which attempt to show the "symmetry" of the violence to be intellectually dishonest.
You do realize one side had tanks, jet warplanes, and nukes, open borders, the protection of the USA, and a history of invading everyone around it, right?
I find the arguments which attempt to show the "symmetry" of the violence intellectually dishonest.
It's not about symmetry of ability, but rather symmetry of intent. Both sides view violence as a reasonable solution to any problem, and it just cycles from there.
Going back to symmetry, there is none from a capability point of view. I never tried to imply that, despite your insults and accusations. Israel clearly has a definite superiority in capabilities, and I don't know why you would think someone would try to gloss over that. The fact that they don't use a vast majority of those capabilities (including your dreaded nukes; using them would be incredibly self defeating, no?) in concentration to deal with the violence lends itself to a symmetry of intent.
An official announcement from the Israeli government? That doesn't exist, since it would interfere with their narrative of being threatened by nukes. But the existence of its stockpile is hardly a secret. Doesn't help that they refuse to sign the NNPT. This isn't a recent development either, they've had them since the mid-late 1960s.
What do you want me to say? It was pointed out that there is no official proof from the Israelis, which is true. With that being said, it's largely accepted within the intelligence community that they in fact do have weapons. A demand for proof at this point is nothing more than belligerence.