Argument: Israel strikes were intended to further dispirit Palestinians
Rashid Khalidi. "What You Don’t Know About Gaza". New York Times. January 7, 2009 - "This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about 'restoring Israel’s deterrence,' as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: 'The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.'"