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The Gaza Rules: Israel, unlike Hamas, is taking great pains to spare civilians.
Slate ^ | 07/11/2014 | William Saletan

Posted on 07/11/2014 2:20:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

According to many critics, Israel is slaughtering civilians in Gaza. It’s “purposefully wiping out entire families,” says an Arab member of Israel’s parliament. It’s committing “genocide—the murder of entire families,” says Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Iran says Israel has committed “massacres against the defenseless Palestinians.”

The charges are false. By the standards of war, Israel’s efforts to spare civilians have been exemplary.

Israel didn’t choose this fight. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the terrorist organizations that dominate Gaza, claim that Israel provoked the conflict by arresting Hamas members in the West Bank. But arrests in one territory don’t justify aerial bombardment from another. Israel didn’t hit Gaza until terrorists had fired more than 150 rockets into Israel and had rejected a cease-fire.

Some of the pictures that purport to show devastation from the Israeli strikes are fakes borrowed from other wars. As of Wednesday afternoon, the death count ranged from 30 to 50 or more, depending on where you mark the onset of the conflict. Every death is tragic, and the longer the assault goes on, the higher the toll will go. Still, given that Israel has launched more than 500 airstrikes, you’d have to conclude that either Israel is failing miserably to kill people or, more plausibly, it’s largely trying not to kill them.

Israel’s defense minister admits his forces have targeted “terrorists’ houses” as well as “arms, terror infrastructures, command systems, Hamas institutions, [and] regime buildings.” The houses belong to Hamas military leaders. An Israeli official boasts that “there's not a single Hamas brigade commander that has a home to go back to.” Israel’s legal rationale for targeting these homes is that they were “terror command centers” involved in rocket fire or other “terror activity.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel; stih

1 posted on 07/11/2014 2:20:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
“genocide—the murder of entire families,” says Mahmoud Abbas

Genocide is being defined down.

2 posted on 07/11/2014 2:27:35 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY_ePu_IFrg


3 posted on 07/11/2014 2:31:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Why? Take out the next-generation of savages.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 2:33:07 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: longfellow

It’s a long-standing principle for Israel ... they do everything they can to avoid collateral damage to the Palestinian civilians ... but NOT avoiding severe damage to the terrorists!

Former Prime Minister Golda Meier said ...

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”


5 posted on 07/11/2014 2:35:31 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: SeekAndFind
I saw a video on LiveLeak today; Israel "roof knocks" before attacks. In a nutshell, they launch a single mortar on the building they are about to level (giving "innocents" -and the savages- time to get out). About 90 seconds later, the building no longer exists as Israel's bigguns come crashing down and level the place (note: Total precision, the video I saw leveled a building tight between two other building. The other building were unscathed.). Good policy or not is not for me to say. But it was evident they are trying to preserve "innocents" as the video was shot by palis/arabs, whatever you want to call them so there wasn't much spin to be taken over the video.

I suppose it could be said the Israeli's are forcing the bad guys to ground and letting the civvies at least live.

6 posted on 07/11/2014 2:35:52 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

so left wing media is just realizing this now?


7 posted on 07/11/2014 2:39:36 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: SeekAndFind

How do you get left-wing media to
print the truth more often.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 2:46:29 PM PDT by WKTimpco
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To: Ghost of SVR4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpErs4UaYi0


9 posted on 07/11/2014 3:02:34 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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