Israel’s Disproportionate Decency

tensions-remain-high-at-israeli-gaza-border-1When observers describe or denounce Israeli military actions as “disproportionate,” they glibly assume sweeping legal conclusions without sufficient proof or analysis. But the evidence shows that Israel has acted with disproportionate decency while Hamas has committed war crimes.

Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket and missile attacks – which now total about 3,500 in the last month – target primarily Israeli civilians. The effects of Hamas’ attacks have been serious (contrary to what most media reports suggest):

a) increasing premature births,

b) shutting down Israel’s biggest airport, blocking 90 percent of incoming and outgoing passengers,

c) forcing about 8 million people to live on the edge 24/7, fearing that if their missile defense system or scramble to shelters falters, they could die,

d) constant interruptions throughout the day and night, with as little as ten seconds to find shelter,

e) billions of dollars in economic damage.

The principle of distinction requires belligerents to distinguish between combatants and civilians. Hamas’ violations of this principle amount to a double war crime: first by targeting Israeli civilians, and second by using Gazan civilians as human shields for these attacks, thereby making it much harder for the IDF military response to distinguish Gazan combatants from noncombatants. Hamas exhorts Gazans to act as human shields and its combat manual encourages this war crime while admitting that Israel avoids civilian casualties – an avoidance that Hamas exploits for tactical advantage. Alan Dershowitz deftly highlights yet another proof of Hamas war crimes: Hamas chooses to locate its military efforts in the most densely populated parts of Gaza, instead of in the far less populated areas nearby – a decision calculated to maximize Gazan civilian deaths. Cynically breaking all rules, Hamas even uses ambulances to transport fighters and converts Gaza’s hospitals into command centers, weapons depots, and rocket-launch sites.

Hamas perfected suicide bombing and is designated as a terrorist organization by the US and Europe, so its war crimes are unsurprising, even if the media concealed Hamas’ barbarism for the last month. But what of the oft repeated but seldom questioned claim that Israeli military actions are “excessive” or “disproportionate?”

The first duty of any state is to provide security to its citizens. Adjusting for size differences (the US has about 473 times Israel’s land mass, and 40 times Israel’s population), what would be the US military response if Al-Qaeda took over Mexico and launched about 47,300 projectiles per day at the US mainland, killing 120 US civilians and 2,560 soldiers and causing significant property damage, widespread insecurity, and travel shutdowns? Such a comparative context supports those proclaiming that the IDF and Bibi Netanyahu deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for their restraint during such a challenging war.

As of August 9, Israel’s military has attacked about 5,000 targets in Gaza (4,762 during the first 29 days of Operation Protective Edge and a few hundred since) resulting in 1,915 deaths (according to the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health). Even if this total were accurate and represented entirely civilian deaths, the strike-to-kill ratio absurdly implies that Israel’s military needs about 2.5 attacks to kill one person. But if Israel’s goal were just to kill Gazans, it could kill well over 1,915 with a single airstrike. Why spend so much on intelligence gathering and precision-guided bombs (or force Israeli citizens to endure so many costly weeks of war) when the IDF could raze half of Gaza in an hour? The fact that the IDF has struck so many times with so few casualties shows the extent of its restraint and precision while destroying the terrorist infrastructure threatening Israelis.

Israel has made extraordinary efforts to minimize civilian casualties – despite Hamas’ plan to maximize them. Israel aborts airstrikes that will result in excessive civilian casualties, warns civilians to clear areas that will be targeted, and loses ground troops in densely populated areas like Shejaiya to avoid airstrikes that would kill far more Gaza civilians. Israel chose not to target Gaza City’s main Shifa Hospital, even though it knew that Hamas leaders were cynically hiding there and an airstrike could have substantially harmed Hamas’ military leadership.

As this article explains, Israel sacrifices blood and treasure to minimize harm to Gaza civilians. And yet somehow Israel is still accused of deliberately targeting civilians even when Hamas’ misfired rockets are responsible or when an IDF mistake happens. But as Colonel Richard Kemp argues, “mistakes and malfunctions happen in all fighting armies and in all conflicts…Do those who condemn the killing of Palestinian civilians as deliberate acts by the IDF suggest that…incidents in Gaza [in which the IDF accidentally kills Israeli soldiers] are also intentional?”

Some of the same media outlets that rushed to portray Israel as using disproportionate force have belatedly acknowledged that fighting-age men are vastly overrepresented among Gaza’s dead, strengthening Israel’s claims all along that it has done its best to target combatants and avoid civilians.

Israel’s restraint is all the more remarkable given the genocidal intent of its enemy, as clearly stated in the preamble to Hamas’ covenant and demonstrated by Hamas’ genocidal missile attacks on Israel’s nuclear reactor (for more on Hamas’ genocidal plans, see this article by Jeffrey Goldberg). Would the US military be as careful as Israel has been to avoid civilian casualties when confronting an enemy trying to kill millions of Americans and destroy the US?

The knee-jerk assumption that Israel uses disproportionate force oversimplifies complex situations requiring deeper analysis and overlooks the powerful factors limiting Israel’s military: 1) internally, Israeli democracy subjects leaders to checks and balances from a vigorous political opposition, independent investigations (like the Winograd Commission), and a defiantly free press and protest culture (including anti-war protests in Tel-aviv); so when about 90% of a normally fractious democracy supports military action, the country clearly faces very serious and legitimate threats; 2) externally, the military actions of Israel are more scrutinized than those of any other country (as Bret Stephens brilliantly highlighted in 2009), and therefore always carry a greater risk of war crimes accusations, anti-Semitic attacks abroad, and unprovoked attacks from neighboring countries (over a dozen rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon during the current conflict in Gaza). Such realities compel Israel to use force judiciously.

In the end, Israel must protect its citizens from an Iran-backed terrorist army that is disproportionately willing to kill Israeli and Gazan civilians, while facing disproportionate blame despite Israel’s disproportionate efforts to defend its population more humanely than any state in history has. Only if Israel decisively defeats Hamas can real peace come to Gaza – one more reason to let Israel’s soldiers finish the job, before granting them the Nobel Peace Prize.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

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  • wileyvet

    Great article. Great points. The MSM has access to the same information and facts, yet choose to bury them because it does not fit their preconceived narrative. It is disgraceful the bias they exhibit, while calling themselves journalists. Facts that don’t fit the agenda, don’t see the light of day. This is an orchestrated campaign by a leftist media, to impugn Israel’s account of events and vilify her for some nefarious purpose. Instead they champion Hamas despite the mountain of evidence of what a nasty piece of work they are. It is morally repugnant.

  • Alexander Gofen

    Israel’s Disproportionate Decency: What an exact characterization!

    Recalling the media of the former USSR blaming and denouncing Israel non-stop, now it is so bizarre to realize that the entire world media literally replicates each and every dirty trick of the Politburo, beginning with their double invention of the “Palestinian people” and “Palestinian cause”.

    On the contrary: By all the standards imaginable, Israel is RIGHTEOUS among the nation. As Eric Hoffer put it in 1968, “Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world”: ,
    and Israel, alas, is over-fulfilling this expectation (she should rather not) .

  • Sean

    With respect, real peace will not come to Gaza through the defeat of the hamas. As the Israelis say, the arabs are the same arabs and the sea is the same sea.
    I would not try to domesticate a man-eating predator. Nor would I seek to rehabilitate a child rapist by inviting him to live with my family. Forging an illusory peace with evil can bring only death and disgrace.

  • Kaveh Hadad

    There were no rockets; three Israel kids kidnaped
    by rouge group, Hamas denied responsibility, yet Israel taking the role
    premature jury and executioner attacked Hamas, started this war, where it is blockading Gaza since
    2007. Gaza’ns should be happy where neighbourhoods are wiped out, children, mothers and civilians no were to run to are killed, because IDF can wipe the whole Gaza and all its 1.6 million people off the map, 1915 mostly civilians Gazan life lost shows Israel kindness. Israel has lost the moral high ground and portraying jews as prosecutors as once they were victims of the same.

    • Rudy

      The hamasssssss murdered hundreds of child tunnel diggers.
      The hamasssssss forced gazans to stay in homes about to be bombed.
      The hamasssssss executed women who protested.
      The hamasssssss are isisssssss, bokoharamassssss and mossssbrossss.

      No-one in the world believes your lies.

      Your supporters are motivated by fear and hatred of The God of Israel.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      A captured Hamas operative in the West Bank has admitted that Hamas both ordered and funded the operation that led to the kidnap and murder of those three teenagers. That negates your first premise. The rest of your claims are just as bogus.

    • GSWSyndicate

      Thank you for showing this. Until now, I thought I’d seen all the best Palestinian spin memes but this one takes the cake. And by the way, not that you care, but 15 ISIS terrorists were arrested in Egypt last week….sneaking out of GAZA into Egypt. Hamas blocked media but held a giant pro-ISIS rally last month. Israeli propaganda? No. Actually written by a well-known and respected Palestinian/American journalist who wrote it (and escaped back to America). If you’d like to see his story, happy to share. But again, congrats on the most slanted stupid meme; almost had me fooled and I know how the Palest. spin machine works. :)

    • wileyvet

      Hey, Mohammadan, did you read the article? Your memory is short and selective. Here is a refresher of what your innocent Hamas have done. Hamas suicide attacks from 1993 to 2008.

      4/16/1993: Car bomb outside the cafeteria near the Mehola West Bank settlement kills an Arab worker. First attack for which Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility.
      11/9/1993: Salman ‘Id el-Hawashla, age 38, an Israeli Bedouin of the Abu Rekaik tribe who was driving a car with Israeli plates, was killed by three armed men driving a truck hijacked from the Gaza municipality, in a deliberate head-on collision.
      4/6/1994: Eight people were killed in a car-bomb attack on a bus in the center of Afula. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      4/13/1994: Five people were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a bus in the central bus stationof Hadera. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      10/19/1994: In a suicide bombing attack on the No. 5 bus on Dizengoff Street in Tel-Aviv, 21Israelis and one Dutch national were killed.
      3/29/1995: Two people were killed when a Palestinian driver rammed his truck into their jeep in a convoy east of the Netzarim junction in Gaza.
      7/24/1995: Six people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Ramat Gan.
      8/21/1995: Four people were killed in a suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus.
      2/25/1996: In a suicide bombing of bus No. 18 near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, 26 were killed (17 civilians and 9 soldiers).
      2/25/1996: Sgt. Hofit Ayyash, 20, of Ashdod was killed in an explosion set off by a suicide bomber at a hitch-hiking post oustide Ashkelon. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/3/1996: In a suicide bombing of bus No. 18 on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, 19 were killed (16 civilians and 3 soldiers).
      3/4/1996: Outside Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv, a suicide bomber detonated a 20-kilogram nail bomb, killing 13 (12 civilians and 1 soldier).
      3/21/1997: Two people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb on the terrace of a Tel Aviv cafe. 48 people were wounded.
      7/30/1997: Sixteen people were killed and 178 wounded in two consecutive suicide bombings in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.
      9/4/1997: Five people were killed and 181 wounded in three suicide bombings at the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem.
      10/29/1998: Sergeant Alexey Neykov, 19, was killed when a terrorist drove an explosives-laden car into an Israeli army jeep escorting a bus with 40 elementary school students from thesettlement of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.
      11/22/2000: Three people were killed, and 60 wounded, when a powerful car bomb was detonated alongside a passing bus on Hadera’s main street, as the area was packed with shoppers and people driving home from work. Sixty were wounded in the blast.
      2/14/2001: Eight people were killed when a bus driven by a Palestinian terrorist plowed into a group of soldiers and civilians waiting at a bus stop near Holon, south of Tel-Aviv. In addition,25 people were injured in the attack.
      3/1/2001: Claude Knap, 29, of Tiberias was killed, and 9 people injured, when a terrorist detonated a bomb in a Tel Aviv to Tiberias service taxi at the Mei Ami junction in Wadi Ara.
      3/4/2001: Three people were killed in a suicide bombing in downtown Netanya; sixty people were and 120 were injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/28/2001: Two people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Mifgash Hashalom (“peace stop”) gas station several hundred meters from an IDF roadblock near the entrance to Kalkilya, east of Kfar Saba. Four people were injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      4/22/2001: One victim was killed when a terrorist detonated a powerful bomb he was carrying near a group of people waiting at a bus stop on the corner of Weizman and Tchernichovskystreets. About 60 people were injured in the blast. Hamas claimed responsibility

      5/18/2001: Five people were killed in a suicide bombing at Hasharon Mall in the seaside city of Netanya, in which over 100 were wounded. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      6/1/2001: Seventeen people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself outside a disco near Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade just before midnight on Friday. Four others died subsequently from their injuries. 120 people were wounded in the bombing.
      8/9/2001: Fifteen people were killed and about 130 injured in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria on the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
      9/9/2001: Four people were killed and some 90 injured, most lightly, in a suicide bombing near the Nahariya train station in northern Israel.
      10/7/01: Yair Mordechai, 43, of Kibbutz Sheluhot was killed when a Palestinian suicide terrorist detonated a large bomb strapped to his body, near the entrance of the kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley.
      11/4/2001: Three people were killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a sub-machine gun shortly before 16:00 on a No. 25 Egged bus at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem. 45 people were injured in the attack.
      12/1/2001: Ten people were killed and about 180 injured—17 seriously—when explosive devices were detonated by two suicide bombers close to 11:30 P.M. Saturday night on Ben Yehuda Street, the pedestrian mall in the center of Jerusalem. A car bomb exploded nearby 20 minutes later. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Ido Cohen, 17, of Jerusalem, fatally injured in the attack, died of his wounds on December 8.
      12/2/2001: Fifteen people were killed and 40 injured in a suicide bombing on an Egged bus No.16 in Haifa shortly after 12:00. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/9/2002: Ten people were killed and 54 injured, 10 of them seriously, when a suicide bomber exploded at 10:30 PM Saturday night in a crowded cafe at the corner of Aza and Ben-Maimon streets in the Rehavia neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/27/2002: 28 people were killed immediately or died later of their wounds and 140 injured—20 seriously—in a suicide bombing in the Park Hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, in the midst of the Passover holiday seder with 250 guests. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/21/2002: 14 people were killed and over 40 injured in a suicide bombing in Haifa, in the Matza restaurant of the gas station near the Grand Canyon shopping mall. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

      4/10/2002: Eight people were killed and 22 people injured in a suicide bombing on Egged bus #960, en route from Haifa to Jerusalem, which exploded near Kibbutz Yagur, east of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      5/3/2002: IDF officer Major Avihu Ya’akov, 24, of Kfar Hasidim, was killed and two other soldiers injured in Nablus in a raid against a terror cell that was planning a suicide attack in Israel.
      5/7/2002: 15 people were killed and 55 wounded at a crowded game club in Rishon Lezion, southeast of Tel-Aviv, when a suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge in the 3rd floor club, causing part of the building to collapse. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      5/19/2002: Three people were killed and 59 people were injured—10 seriously—when a suicide bomber, disguised as a soldier, blew himself up in the market in Netanya. Both Hamas and the PFLP took responsibility for the attack.
      5/22/2002: Two people were killed and about 40 people were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated himself in the Rothschild Street downtown pedestrian mall of Rishon Lezion.
      6/11/2002: Hadar Hershkowitz, 14, of Herzliya was killed and 15 others were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber set off a relatively small pipe bomb at a shwarma restaurant in Herzliya.
      6/18/2002: 19 people were killed and 74 were injured—six seriously—in a suicide bombing at the Patt junction in Egged bus no. 32A traveling from Gilo to the center of Jerusalem. The bus, which was completely destroyed, was carrying many students on their way to school. Hamas
      claimed responsibility for the attack.
      8/4/2002: Nine people were killed and some 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      9/19/2002: Six people were killed and about 70 people were wounded, when a terrorist detonated a bomb in Dan bus No. 4 on Allenby Street, opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      10/10/2002: Sa’ada Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan was killed and about 30 people were wounded, when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board Dan bus No. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway (Route 4). Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      10/27/2002: Three people were killed and about 20 people were wounded in a suicide bombing at the Sonol gas station at the entrance to Ariel in Samaria. The two officers and soldier were killed while trying to prevent the terrorist from detonating the bomb. The terrorist was identified as a member of Hamas.
      11/21/2002: Eleven people were killed and some 50 wounded by a suicide bomber on a No. 20 Egged bus on Mexico Street in the Kiryat Menahem neighborhood of Jerusalem. The bus was filled with passengers, including schoolchildren, traveling toward the center of the city during rush hour. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      3/5/2003: Seventeen people were killed and 53 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus #37 on Moriah Blvd. in the Carmel section of Haifa, en route to Haifa University. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      4/30/2003: Three people were murdered and about 60 people were wounded when two British suicide bombers targeted a beachfront pub catering to American tourists, “Mike’s Place,” in Tel Aviv. The Fatah Tanzim and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out as a joint operation.
      5/17/2003: Gadi Levy and his wife Dina, aged 31 and 37, of Kiryat Arba were killed by a suicide bomber in Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      5/18/2003: Seven people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus no. 6 near French Hill in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. A second suicide bomber detonated his bomb when intercepted by police in northern Jerusalem. The terrorist was killed; no one else was injured.
      6/11/2003: Seventeen people were killed and over 100 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus #14A outside the Klal building on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      8/13/2003: Yehezkel (Hezi) Yekutieli, 43, of Rosh Ha’ayin, was murdered by a teenaged
      Palestinian suicide bomber who detonated himself as Yekutieli was shopping for his children’s breakfast at his local supermarket.
      8/12/2003: Erez Hershkovitz, 18, of Eilon Moreh, was killed by a Palestinian teenager who detonated himself at a bus stop outside Ariel less than half an hour after the Rosh Ha’ayin attack. Amatzia Nisanevitch, 22, of Nofim, died of his wounds on August 28.
      8/19/2003: Twenty-three people were murdered and 134 wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself on a No. 2 Egged bus in Jerusalem’s Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

      9/9/2003: Eight IDF soldiers were killed and 32 people were wounded in a suicide bombing at a hitch-hiking post for soldiers outside a main entrance to the Tzrifin army base and Assaf Harofeh Hospital. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      9/9/2003: Seven people were killed and over 50 wounded when a suicide bomber at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim St., the main thoroughfare of the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
      1/14/2004: Four people were killed and 10 wounded when a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
      1/29/2004: Eleven people were killed and over 50 wounded, 13 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. Both the Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack,
      naming the bomber as Ali Yusuf Jaara, a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.
      3/14/2004: Ten people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing at Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
      4/17/2004: Border Policeman Cpl. Kfir Ohayon, 20, of Eilat was killed, three others wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the Erez Crossing. Hamas and Fatah claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
      8/31/2004: Sixteen people were killed and 100 wounded in two suicide bombings within minutes
      of each other on two Beersheba city buses, on route nos. 6 and 12. The buses were traveling along Beersheba’s main street, Rager Blvd, near the city hall. Hamas in Hebron claimed responsibility for the attack.
      1/18/2005: Oded Sharon, 36, from Gan Yavne, an ISA officer, was killed, an IDF officer seriously wounded, and four IDF soldiers and three members of the ISA were lightly wounded in a suicide bombing attack at the Gush Katif junction in the central Gaza Strip. Hamas claimed
      responsibility for the attack.
      11/9/2005: Hussam Fathi Mahajna, 36, an Israeli Arab businessman from Umm al-Fahm, was among 57 people murdered and 300 wounded in simultaneous attacks by suicide bombers in Amman, Jordan at three luxury hotels. Mahajna was a guest at a wedding held at the Radisson
      Hotel, known to be popular with Israeli tourists. Al-Qaida claimed responsiblity for the attacks.
      3/30/2006: Four people were killed when a suicide bomber hitch-hiker, disguised as an ultra- Orthodox yeshiva student, detonated his explosive device in a private vehicle near the entrance to Kedumim.
      2/4/2008: Lyubov Razdolskaya, 73, of Dimona was killed and 38 wounded—Razdolskaya’s husband critically—in a terror attack carried out by a suicide bomber at a shopping center in Dimona. A police officer shot and killed a second terrorist before he detonated his explosive belt.
      Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and praised it as an “heroic act.”
      7/2/2008: Three people were killed and over 50 wounded in a terror attack in Jerusalem. Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and the Mahane Yehuda market, the terrorist plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses (Egged buslines 13 and 60) carrying some 50 passengers. Police shot and killed the terrorist

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        Fedayeen raids into Israel were carried out by muslims practically since the day the modern state of Israel was created.

      • nobullhere

        Unfortunately the savage will be proud to read all of that, and wish that list was ten times as long.

      • Ivan

        Hamas doesn’t care about their own people. These are monsters.

    • Ivan

      Yes but leaders of Hamas have already admitted they kidnapped the boys. And gaza is functioning like a state. And kidnapping by the leadership is an act of war. Don’t forget the thousands of rockets aimed at civilians. I will tell u this now. If a man threatened my child, I think even crucifixion – even if I could make it last a year by using a medical team to help me – would not be enough. And these people are threatening jewish families all day every day. I am disgusted by the weak response of the jews. They play with their enemies and always underestimate them. In a way, they are responsible for much of their sad history. Every time they let someone get by with something, they are condemning future generations to hazard. Really, I think the Israelis are weak. It grieves me. I think god gave them that land.

    • rd

      you lying sack of shiz. hamas had been firing missles into israel before the kidnap/murder and increased the missle fire after the murder.

  • Habbgun

    Islam does not recognize the rules of war. It will be defeated when that is recognized rather than fighting weakly and hoping they change.

  • carpe diem 36

    what is most disproportional is that Hamas had nothing to lose and it caused much loss to Israel. Hamas is not a country, it is not a gov’t, it is not a community, it has no businesses and it only protected its own people and endangers only civilians. For sure it was Israel who fought with both hands tied behind its back while it was doing more than anyone in a battle to protect as many innocents as it could. But if the world does not wish to see that no one can make it see it and side with Israel.

    • Ivan

      What I hate about Hamas is that apparently, the leaders may not even live in gaza, but are living somewhere else and sacrificing the folks in gaza. The gazans are responsible for failing to boot them out. They are partakers of the evil deeds of Hamas by failing to oppose them.

  • EamonnDublin


    • Ivan

      Amen brother.

  • Gee

    If it were my call not one Israeli soldier would have risked his life and no two stones would be atop of another in Gaza.

    • carpe diem 36

      Amen Ve Amen!!!

  • nobullhere

    So Hamas has started firing rockets at Israel again three hours before the truce was due to end. We know who the real war criminals are. Hamas, and those cowardly blood-libellists who deny Israel the right to finally overwhelm their enemies.

    What is Pussy Cameron going to do now when Israel responds? Netanyahu has more guts in his fingernail than Cameron will ever have in his entire body.

  • Ivan

    I see Israel’s restraint and hand wringing and overanalysis as a sign of weakness, and a portent of their doom. I always hear them arguing “if this happenned to America, imagine how America would react. Nobody would allow rockets to be fired at America” etc. Israel has a risk in all their restraint. That risk is that they will anger their friends, people like me. We hate hamas and don’t care about collateral damage in gaza. I do feel for the kids their, and appreciate the desire to avoid civilian casualties. So the answer must be forced deportation of Palestinians, to save their lives. Deport them anywhere. I don’t care. In sorry if I seem like a redneck. Everyone I know thinks they shoukd be carpet bombed. Of course, I live in the Bible Belt and not up north. We don’t wring our hands down here: we believe in war.

    • carpe diem 36

      I called for Israel to do to Gaza what the Allied forces did to Drezden. This is how you win wars, not by throwing some bombs that do not do any good. Those Hamas people understand only one thing: Force!! Israel has enough force to impress them, and they should have used it after the first missiles hit, and not wait until thousand of them kept falling everywhere. First you win the war and then let the world judge you, and as they say sticks and stones… The UN is totally vicious and useless where it comes to real human suffering. they are a debating society with a real bias against Israel, so as long as this is so Israel might as well win the war and survive. The strong are the ones who win respect in this world. Hamas is not a country, they have no standing in the UN anyway. If this is what the Gaza people voted for they should suffer the consequences.

      • Ivan

        Surely what ur saying is true. Just because it’s a hard thing doesn’t make it less true.

  • Ivan

    One more point. There comes a time when it is also sickening to go on about the unfairness of the msm. Of course, the point must be made millions of times, as part of the propaganda war. But we shouldn’t be surprised at unfairness by the msm. It’s better to be shocked if the coverage is balanced.

  • rd

    problem here is how to combat the immediate effect of “dead children in gaza” photographs and videos? all these explanations are fine and intelligent, but for public impact? how are you going to combat “dead children in gaza”?

    most of the public just imbibes sound and image bytes…. that’s it.

    the problem is how does israel present the truth in the same stark, brief,
    concise and impactful way? because so many in the public are not taking the to read, think and analyze what the msm shows them.

  • Habbgun

    Arafat proclivities are perfect for the likes of you. Your masters are calling for you bhazi boy. Time to earn your keep.

  • UCSPanther
  • UCSPanther

    What about the Nazi pity party? I see idiots like you still whining about your well-deserved defeat in WWII…

  • Habbgun

    Really… want sympathy now??? You are so obviously that really rotten screwed up kid everyone says go easy on because his father was an alcoholic. Problem is it doesn’t explain why you like to wear lipstick and dance in front of the mirror wearing only a keffiyah. Man, the evidence just keeps piling up.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    “Uncle adolf” or Usman Al Taqiyya?

  • EamonnDublin

    “Uncle” – Enjoy your evil actions whilst you can. Your pack of neanderthal savages don’t have much longer. Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

  • nobullhere

    And Jews and Israel will still be around long after the worms have gobbled your worthless carcass up.

  • Gee

    All of us moron

  • UCSPanther

    All you have is trash, and we are doing our part to put it on the curb for pickup.

    Besides, I need not point out the irony of a swastika-worshipper complaining about freedom of speech…