If history can provide a perspective for the present, consider the following two observations:
Before the UN partition plan was proposed in 1947, the Jews in the historic Palestine owned no more than 6 to 8% of the land. The UN Partition plan, written by the imperial powers of the time, gave 54% of the land to the Jews. The Jews were not even a majority in the land, which shows that the unequal treatment of Palestinians was built into the imperial policies. Within a year of the proposed plan, the Zionists occupied 78% of the land using tactics of deceit and terror. In the Six-Day war in 1967, Israel occupied the remaining 22% of the historic Palestine, including Gaza and the West Bank. Although Israel removed its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, it still controls exits and entrances. On the West Bank side, 40% of the land is off limits to Palestinians. There are over 500 checkpoints and roadblocks  in the West Bank alone, and the so-called Security Wall separating Palestinians from Israelis extends deep into the West Bank. The illegal Zionist settlements continue to expand by the tens of thousands.
The second observation. Consider the massacres committed by the Zionist state from its very inception. The bombing, carried out by Irgun, a Zionist terrorist organization, at the King David Hotel in Palestine in 1946 killed 92 Britons, Arabs, and Jews. The massacre at Dair Yasin carried out by the Zionist terrorist groups Tsel, Irgun, and Hagana in 1948 killed 250 people. The massacre at Qibya in 1953 killed 67, Khan Yunis in 1956 killed 275, Lebanon in 1982 killed 17,500, Qana in 1996 killed 106, Jenin in 2002 killed 56, Lebanon in 2006 killed 1200. In Gaza, where we witnessed the most recent massacre, although not the first time for this area, Israel killed over 1300 people. These are just to name a few among over 60 massacres that the Zionist state has committed in the last sixty years.
The experience of the last sixty years makes it very clear that the expansions and massacres are built into the project of political Zionsim called the state of Israel. The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, made this point very clear when he said in 1944, ''There is no example in history of a people saying we agree to renounce our country, let another people come and settle here and outnumber us.''
Anyone who understands the history and project of the Zionist state would certainly understand that the recent carnage in Gaza was not just about “rocket fire” or “border security”. It was not “retaliation” in “self-defense” by supposedly “peaceful”, “democratic”, and “respectable” Israeli state. The real target of the slaughter was the cause of resistance against the occupation. With the ostentatious display of savagery in the 22-days, killing over 1300 and injuring another 5000 people, Israel wanted to convey the message to Palestinians and to the rest of the world that it would stop at nothing to maintain its existence.
Looking at it more deeply one finds that the Israeli aggression in Gaza was part of a larger project, a grand strategy, which seeks to create a “New Middle East” (as Condoleezza Rice told the world openly in the 2006 War on Lebanon. The agenda has echoes of the “New World Order” pronounced by the Bush senior in 1991). The objective is to re-write the political geography of the region. Pursuing its hegemonic ambitions, the U.S. is a co-author of this grand strategy and has secured the support of corrupt Arab status regimes (Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia) and a few other important players. Israel and the US are using all the means at their disposal, harassing or bribing the neighbors and securing trade agreements and diplomatic ties for Israel and by attacking or destabilizing any force - religious or secular - that may create obstacles in the way of their ambitions. All-out military aggression is one method to destroy a people’s will to resist. Encouraging sectarian hatred is another to divide up the masses. The Israeli wars in 2006 (Lebanon) and 2008-9 (Gaza) as well as the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were all part of the same grand strategy. The outcomes, however, did not always match the original expectations. 
If this larger political context is clear, then despite the complexities and confusions in the details, the whole scenario boils down to two sides. One that supports Zionism and the US global hegemony. The other that resists that. The resistance is not about supporting particular groups (organizations, religions, ethnicities) . It is not a war between Islam and Judaism. The resistance is against a racist and oppressive ideology – political Zionism - and what this ideology has materialized into - the state of Israel. It is about supporting certain principles and values: dignity, freedom, compassion, and justice. As seen in the recent Gaza protests worldwide, these values and principles are providing the common ground to bring people from acr
 On the circumstances surrounding the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Norman Finkelstein makes an interesting observation: “Preserving its deterrence capacity has always loomed large in Israeli strategic doctrine. Indeed, it was the main impetus behind Israel's first-strike against Egypt in June 1967 that resulted in Israel's occupation of Gaza (and the West Bank). … After Israel threatened and laid plans to attack Syria, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser declared the Straits of Tiran closed to Israeli shipping, but Israel made almost no use of the Straits (apart from the passage of oil, of which Israel then had ample stocks) and, anyhow, Nasser did not in practice enforce the blockade, vessels passing freely through the Straits within days of his announcement. In addition, multiple U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that the Egyptians did not intend to attack Israel and that, in the improbable case that they did, alone or in concert with other Arab countries, Israel would -- in President Lyndon Johnson's words -- "whip the hell out of them." … The predicament for Israel was rather the growing perception in the Arab world, spurred by Nasser's radical nationalism and climaxing in his defiant gestures in May 1967, that it would no longer have to follow Israeli orders. Thus, Divisional Commander Ariel Sharon admonished those in the Israeli cabinet hesitant to launch a first-strike that Israel was losing its "deterrence capability.. .our main weapon -- the fear of us." Israel unleashed the June 1967 war "to restore the credibility of Israeli deterrence" (Israeli strategic analyst Zeev Maoz).” [Italicized in the original] See the full text: “Foiling Another Palestinian “Peace Offensive”: Behind the Bloodbath in Gaza.” Norman Finkelstein. Jan 19, 2009.
 The New York Times. March 31, 2008. “Israelis Agree to Reduce West Bank Roadblocks”
 On Israeli settlements and land grabbing see IfAmericansKnew. org and AnnaInTheMiddleEast .com
 On close to sixty massacres that the Israeli state has committed since its inception, see SoundofEgypt and IsraeliMassacres.
 “The One-State Solution.” Edward Said. January 10, 1999.
 See the investigative writings of Seymour Hersh (particularly the articles published in the New Yorker), Jonathan Cook, John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Dahl Jamail, among others.
 Given the team of pro-Israel, ‘Hawkish-Pragmatists’ that Obama has assembled in his cabinet, if that is any indicator, chances are very slim for any significant policy shift on the Palestine-Israel issue in the near future.
 Not the corrupt Palestinian leaders and their collaborators from among the masses, but those who have over the years proved their loyalty and sincerity through their sacrifices and through their devotion to the cause of dignity and freedom.
 On a variety of arguments supporting the One-State Solution, see the following readings: “The One-State Solution.” Edward Said. Ibid. January 10, 1999; “One State or Two? Neither.” Jonathan Cook. March 12, 2008; “Israel: The Alternative.” Tony Judt. October 23, 2003; “One State or Two? The Debate over Israel and Palestine.” Kathy Christison. March 11, 2008.
 “Foiling Another Palestinian “Peace Offensive”: Behind the Bloodbath in Gaza.” Norman Finkelstein. Jan 19, 2009.
 This link cites over 60 UN resolutions that Israel has ignored between 1955 and 1992. The details are taken from Paul Findley’s Deliberate Deceptions (1998, pages 192-4). Another very important resolution, the UN Resolution 194, passed in December 1948, recognizes the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land and receive compensation for their damages.
 “One State or Two? Neither.” Jonathan Cook. March 12, 2008
 Newsweek. January 24, 2009. “Israel Has Fewer Friends Than Ever, Even In America.”