The IDF has taken a couple of hundred prisoners but discovered that only 15% of their captives have any association with Hamas. The prisoners are men, so that percentage probably holds for the Gaza population. A thousand Gazan have been killed, including 300 children and a hundred women, so you have 600 men, of whom 90 can be assumed to be associated with Hamas. Over 90% of those killed are “collateral damage”.
On the Israeli side 3 civilians and a member of the military have died as a result of the rocket attacks hitting outside of Gaza, leaving 9 IDF deaths in the assault. Of the 9, 3 to 5 died as a result of “friendly fire” incidents, meaning that Hamas has only inflicted a maximum of 6 deaths during the combat.
Every time the IDF has attacked a UN facility it has claimed it was receiving fire from Hamas fighters at the facility, but UN officials have denied that every time. The IDF has allowed no independent journalists in the area, so there is no way of independently confirming anything.
These claims of Hamas attacks are not reflected in the IDF losses. The IDF is not engaged in close combat, they have declared a free-fire zone in Gaza.
The attack on the UN headquarters make the object of this “war” obvious – they have destroyed all of the main stocks of food and medical supplies in Gaza. They intend to make Gaza incapable of supporting life to force the people out. Egypt is the only place they can go. This is ethnic cleansing, plain and simple.
The Israelis have claimed the right of self defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter, but a number of people examined the claim and declared it fiction.
Further proof of my thesis can be found in a Ha’aretz article reporting on the banning of Arab parties in the coming election. The action is in violation of the Israeli constitution, and is expected to be overturned by the highest court in Israel, but it demonstrates the general attitude of Israel’s political leaders that Arabs, even if they are citizens of Israel, don’t deserve rights.