In order to obtain the support of World Jewry, the British Government in 1917 issued the Balfour Declaration. The Jews understood that, if the experiment of establishing a Jewish National Home succeeded and a sufficient number of Jews went to Palestine, the National Home might develop in course of time into a Jewish State.
When we occupy the land, we shall bring immediate benefits to the state that receives us. We must expropriate gently the private property on the estates assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country. The property-owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian men, women and children were violently forced from their homes and villages. The Arab villages were destroyed to keep the Palestinians from returning to their homes. In the Ha'aretz article, Morris says, "...there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF] were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves."
Total fatalities in the history of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel: 44.
Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip... The UN says the vast majority of Palestinian deaths are civilian. But figures from previous operations over the past six years in the densely populated Gaza Strip show it is not the first time civilians have paid a heavy price.
Well, the only way we can say if we're proportionate or disproportionate is to look at the only other example of a city rocketed by about the same number of rockets, 4000 rockets, and that's London. And Churchill's response was to obliterate Dresden and close to I think alltogether 200,000 German civilians, they were bombed by day and firebombed by night. Deliberately. So we are disproportionate, disporoportionately restrained because we seek to just attack the rocketeers who are committing a double war crime, both rocketing civilians and hiding behind civilians.