Israel continues to aggravate an already deteriorating situation by launching deadly raids such as this one. Though all of those killed were fighters in the resistance, this does not excuse their unnecessary deaths, as they, as well as the three injured Israeli soldiers, would still be alive and healthy had the raid not occurred. As Israel cracks down on Palestinian resistance, settler violence is only becoming worse. Emboldened by international silence after killing more Palestinians last year than in any other calendar year since the Second Intifada, the occupation is becoming even more violent.
Though it is, of course, tragic when civilians are harmed during anti-terror operations, the reality is they would still be alive if Palestinian terrorists chose not to hide among the civilian population. Kharousha launched attacks against civilians and could have gone quietly, but he chose violence. All of those killed alongside him were terrorists, which demonstrates Israel's restraint. Ultimately, the media will uncritically blame Israel, but the truth is that the deadliest thing for Palestinians is Palestinian terrorism.