RIX has understood the sad reality that most people haven't yet, at least outside Israel.
But TWAneedsNohelp hasn't. I see you haven't been recently to Israel. It's very easy to write that it's not the worse or most violent of times when you are living in one of the most exciting city of the world, far far away from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Netanya. I can tell you, it is one of the worst time in the history of Israel. People are afraid to take busses or trains, to go to shopping malls (a favorite Israeli free-time occupation) or to the cinema, and now they fear even just to be in a "too" crowded street. The atmosphere is terrible these days in Israel: on the TV there are only reports from the bombing, from the burials of 20 so young victims, from the fate of their destroyed families.
Parents are worried as long as their children are out.
It is, indeed, one of the worst time in Israel. And that's precisely because it is one of the most violent too: there had never been so many and deadly attacks in Israel before the suicidal Oslo process.
Now to your missile theory...: what are you calling "the worldwide condemnation"???????????????? Why would the shooting of a civil airliner be more harshly condemned than a massacre of teen-agers in a disco?? There would be condemnations, but in which way would they help?! There would be first of all gigantic pressures ON Israel not to "retaliate"...or at least not to retaliate "too harshly", with "disproportionate means".
You are right to say Israel would retaliate, but then in the "worldwide" media you would only find reports on these retaliations (have you already forgotten the attack in Netanya 2 weeks ago and its aftermath?...)
BTW, the blowing up of civil airliners in the past has not cut the "worldwide" sympathy for the Palestinians.
When Oslo began 8 years ago, rightist politicians in Israel, including Arik Sharon, had warned: the situation in the territories will degenerate in a Lebanon-like mess; the Left explained that such a scenario was totally "impossible" because the "world" wouldn't accept that Arafat "returns" to terror and because the Israeli Army would retaliate so harshly to any attack that it would have a preventive effect on the Palestinians. All these brilliant explanations where bullshit, as the sad reality since then has showed.
And here's a last question for you, TWAneeds...: WHY is the Palestinian Authority investing such a great effort in order to acquire anti-aircrafts missiles??!! To play with them and shoot down birds in your opinion, I suppose?
Let me also remember you the Israeli attitude before the terrible Yom Kippur War in 1973. And at that time, the Arab armies were much weaker than today, equipped with soviet weapons and not American state-of-the-art technologies. And there was no Palestinian Authority neither, which could create tremendous problems for the smooth mobilisation of reservists in case of emergency; without reservists, there's no army in Israel!! (also not like in the States)