".....Non lethal attacks will just be packaged as attacks by the western propaganda machine... something they can claim their attacks are responding to and can therefore escalate attacks in size and volume because they are defending themselves......"
Sure they will try . But the public will not be just watching their TV for news , if it even works at that stage ! They will hear the sound with their own ears and see the smoke with their own eyes and understand the point of attack was demonstrative , since only a landmark was hit , bang on the nose ! A political message . And yes the Israeli military may respond , in heavy handed way , killing people . But the public will also see this too . You see , all people have an instinctive sense of justice . They will accept more readily , some actions as opposed to others . In the initial stages of a war , it may be advantageous to take this form of action . Similarly I mentioned that , in case of an American attack on Iranian mainland , even with casualties , that a response by Iran , could be a demonstrative attack on landmarks , such as statue of Liberty or the Washington monument , accurately and without casualties . This type of action , does have advantages in the initial stages of a full scale war . In stopping it .
"....I don't have much sympathy for those pilots...... " . I share in your view . But we have to avoid war , that will only benefit the few , who make money out of it , and help themselves into political office . Using a dud warhead SAM , will still force the pilot to abandon mission or to take evasive measures . Without providing a martyr for the Zionists war effort and help make more profit for military industrial complex and still mission is cancelled ! The pilot has to take evasive action, since he can not risk his own life . If they get too cocky and still come close , then shoot one down ! Soon the Israelis will have to chain pilots to the plane , in case they eject .