Consider a thought experiment I read of a few years ago -
Close your eyes and imagine the middle east, and then imagine that every arab state were to lose all its weapons and Israel were to retain them. Then imagine the opposite, that the Arab states, including Gaza, were to remain armed and Israel were to lose its weapons.
I’ll give you more scenarios -
Imagine that Israel were toÂ invade Gaza, and the IDF were to encounter a Gazan kindergarten in its line of advance.
Imagine that Hamas were to invade Israel, and the advancing Jihadis were to encounter an Israeli kindergarten.
Imagine you had to live in a middle eastern country and be subject to their laws for the rest of your life, but could choose the one. Which would you choose?