For the past few days we've been glued to CNN following the ongoing deadly rocket battle between the instigating Islamist fanatics of Hamas in Gaza and the IDF in the Jewish State of Israel, and reading as well voluminous reports of the battle in the world's press. As always in such battles between the two, it's the Palestinian civilians in Gaza who are paying the steepest price in terms of loss of life, limb, property, and anything even approaching a normal, productive life. How could it be otherwise given that, as is always the case in such battles with Hamas, the craven terrorists operate and hide amid and around the homes, playgrounds, and schools of Palestinian children; the mosques of Palestinian men; and behind the skirts of Palestinian women. We suppose one should feel at least some measure of sympathy for the Palestinian citizenry of Gaza, but except for the very young children whose suffering breaks our heart, we feel none. This current battle is yet another outcome of the Palestinians's own making; an ineluctable consequence of their never-wavering determination, public window-dressing to the contrary notwithstanding, to never live in peace alongside the Israelis but rather work to achieve Israel's destruction as a sovereign Jewish State; a determination that's existed since Israel's founding in 1948 and even before; a determination given particularly appalling voice in the Palestinians's free election in 2006 of Hamas as their governing body in Gaza — Hamas, whose founding document declares its sacred dedication to the utter destruction of Israel as a sovereign Jewish State. Sympathy for the Palestinian civilians in Gaza? Except for the very young children, they are undeserving of such sympathy as Palestinians, in both Gaza and the West Bank, have been for more than a half-century now. They remain today what they've always been: a people determined to build their Islamist Palestinian State on the graves of the sovereign Jewish State of Israel and all her citizenry.