This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000 - Vox:
You can see the pattern of the last several years clearly on the top
chart: the conflict remains at a relatively low level until, every
couple of years, it flares up with heavy Israeli strikes on Gaza that
also cost a large number of Palestinian lives. This status quo, on net,
clearly causes a large number of Palestinian lives. But it kills very
few Israelis, which is a big part of why Israeli voters and leaders have
appeared willing to accept it.
This Israeli strategy is sometimes described as "cutting the grass."
In this thinking, Israel never really solves the conflict or even
tries; it tolerates a level of violence from Gaza-based militant groups,
but every few years bombs and maybe invades Gaza to weaken militants
there and destroy their weapons – to cut the grass. It treats the
Israel-Palestine conflict, at least as it pertains to Gaza, as something
to be managed rather than solved.
It is important to stress that this strategy is not one that ever
produces peace or that is designed to lead to a solution. It accepts a
low level of Israeli deaths from rocket fire, and occasionally dozens or
hundreds of Palestinian deaths from air strikes, as status quo.