One cannot watch the news of late and be unaware of the civilian casualties resulting from Israel’s counterattack against Hamas in Gaza. We don’t see so many pictures of the devastation caused by rockets launched into Israel by Hamas. Israel continues to do what it can to minimize Palestinian civilian deaths by sending out warnings before it strikes. Israel continues to act in good faith while Hamas has never honored an agreement. I’m asking why Israel should be so careful. I suppose it has to be with its position among its Arab enemies so precarious and its allies so fickle, but I think it’s just possible that the entire Palestinian culture is so evil that it does not deserve to survive. Its children are taught violence and hatred. When given a chance to choose its leaders, it chose terrorists. Such a thing would not be without precedent. When God sent the Israelites into the land the first time, He commanded them to kill everything breathing (Deut 20:16-18.) This was the judgment of a just God on a wicked people (Deut 9:5.) Israel might well be justified in wiping out the entire population, but to do so would almost certainly bring about its own destruction.