Sunday, the Israeli military informed Hamas leaders identified as masterminds behind some of the ongoing bombings of Israelis that their homes were going to be bombed. This is common Israeli practice, intended to let innocents escape. Instead, hundreds of Palestinians flocked immediately to those houses as volunteer human shields.
In response, the Israeli military called off the attack. From the Associated Press:
The standoff over the homes of the militants began late Saturday when Mohammed Baroud, local leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, was informed by the army that his house would be hit. The three-story building is home to 17 people from Baroud's family. Another militant from Hamas also received a warning.
Instead of fleeing, though, the two decided to stay in their homes and called in reinforcements. They were quickly joined by crowds of supporters, including dozens of armed men, who gathered on balconies, rooftops and in the streets outside.
The crowds are reportd to have chanted "Death to Israel. Death to America," and local mosques and Palestinian TV and radio stations helped to mobilize supporters. Baroud said that he and his fellow militants had organized this response because they feared retaliation for their involvement in rocket attacks on Israel when another house was destroyed by a missile strike.
The Israeli Army called off the nighttime airstrikes because of the risk to the gathered crowd. It described the action as cynical exploitation "by the terrorists of uninvolved people as human shields."
I hate to judge the Israelis on matters of defense, cause I know they're in a very tough spot right smack between Iraq and a bunch of hard places. Plus, I'm sure there are a lot of strategic considerations that it wouldn't even occur to me to ask. So then, and considering the fact that this crowd was chanting "Death to America," I'll answer it hypothetical to such a situation involving us here at Team America.
If it were MY government, I would consider this forbearance not just inappropriate, but immoral and unconscionable — a dereliction of duty. Again, we have a specific person who has been organizing the murders of Israeli citizens. It is the main one inarguably legitimate job of a government to stop people from coming in and killing their citizens. Therefore, it is their top duty to kill him.
That a bunch of Hamas supporters and even Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas purposely flocked to the place, that's gravy. They have self-identified as your enemies, lending not just comfort and aid but their very bodies to pledge allegiance and shout "Death to Israel, Death to the US."