Perhaps informed criticism of one side or the other has its place. However, I am sure both sides have done wrong, have made mistakes, have targeted civilians, have committed numerous human rights abuses. But to take sides or demonize one side or the other is counter-productive. People have been doing that for the entire recorded history of the middle east and it has gotten humankind nowhere. I prefer to put the emphasis on reconciliation, peace, and justice, even if it seems impossible to do. We need leadership and vigorous, creative efforts at conflict resolution.