For example, many Israelis think that the Jews’ history of persecution gives Israel a reason to oppress the Palestinians. However, the Jews’ history of persecution is not a reason to believe that Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian is justified. Rather, the Jews’ history of persecution (partly) explains why Israel oppresses the Palestinians.
Now, in Israel, it is often said that Israel waited eight year before it retaliated against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip (in operation Cast Lead) because Israel tried other ways of solving this issue, thus implying that operation Cast Lead was justified. But is the fact that Israel waited eight years a reason to believe that the Gaza War was justified? Or is that an explanation for why the war started when it did?