"He who initiates physical force is morally responsible for the destructive consequences of the retaliatory force he thereby necessitates. So says the law of causality.
"This principle is as clear in a warzone in the Middle East as it is on the streets of Miami. If a thug grabs a woman and tries to shove her into a van, and the woman pulls a gun from her purse and shoots at the thug, thereby killing an innocent bystander behind him, who is morally responsible for the bystander’s death? Every thinking adult knows the answer.
"Of course, the kind and extent of retaliatory force warranted in a given situation depends on the full context and can be a complex matter. But the matter of who is morally responsible for the harm caused by retaliatory force necessitated by an aggressor is simple: The aggressor is.
"Hamas is morally responsible for the deaths and destruction resulting from the retaliatory force necessitated by Hamas’s assaults on Israel. Hamas and western leftists pretend not to know this.”
- Craig Biddle, “Hamas and The Left’s Pretense about the Deaths of Innocents in Gaza” -- The Objective Standard