I don’t think there is much question about which side of the conflict is responsible, or where the hardware came from. As I understand Russian military command and control is fairly strict, not prone to allowing local ground commanders a lot of leeway, so… I think the only question at this point is how far up the chain of command this will be prosecuted.
Looking at the Israel/Palestinian issue from a personal perspective, it seems to me that much of our American south clings to the thought that “they” are occupied by a federalist victor of the “recent unpleasantries.” Now how would we feel if, say, Washington DC were to come under attack by missiles fired from “occupied” South Carolina by southern terrorists? Or maybe New York City by separatist remnants of the Shinicah and Manhatanoes tribes of the Wappinger Confederacy of the Seneca Indian nation (who didn’t really sell Manhattan to the Dutch for $24) because lands had been stolen? Or maybe Miami by the Seminoles? Or by Cuba? I dare say that after the first missile we as a nation would be out kicking some terrorist/separatist/indigenous people’s/Cuban butt! So why shouldn’t Israel?
The nation was established in 1948 as just the latest in a series of socio-political states created for western expediency in the region. But then again, so was “Palestine.” As history has proven over and over again however, when unrelated peoples (think Czechoslovakia, even the Soviet Union, the English, Turkish and Roman Empires)are artificially grouped together and called a nation, it seldom works.
At least Israel is a nation of people of similar interest, heritage and purpose. That is something no other group in the region has – except of course for the hatred of the Jew.
This is not a new problem, however, in a modern world, after 66-years, one would expect some sort of peaceful arrangement. But no. Anti-Israel hostilities have been constant; the PLO agitators provoked the 1967 six day war, and in self-defense, to protect itself from Palestinian aggression, Israel occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights and Gaza strip. The PLO, however, has never stopped it’s guerrilla war, not under Arafat, and not since with Hamas. They are a people of tribes, not of nations, of nomads, not modern people. They have never been, and will never be, an organized structure that can control the radicals. That is the history of that part of the world.
Since July 8th, 1500 missiles were launched against Israel and it is enough to break the proverbial camel’s back, especially as the Hamas terrorists also brag of 10,000 more hidden in tunnels and bedrooms and shops. I’m sorry but I don’t blame Israel at all!
Like the Irish Protestants that fought for years, the Welsh and even the Scotts before them, eventually maybe some peace will come. But like the situations in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and so many other places, this issue will not be resolved any time soon I am afraid. If ever.