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AN ISRAELI 'APOLOGY' FOR GAZA

Obama & Netanyahu (photo credit Pete Souza)

 In light of the tsunami of criticism against Israel's defense against the Hamas rocketing blitz from Gaza, IsraCast has extended the following 'apology' to US President Barack Obama. According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington has suspended the delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel in response to 'Israel not knowing its place' in the eyes of some U.S. officials. This then, is why Israel should 'apologize' for its military operations against Gaza:


IDF uncovers terror tunnels in Gaza (photo credit: IDF)

 For accepting and honoring repeated Egyptian ceasefire proposals which have been violated by Hamas to this very day.

 

 For returning fire to defend its civilians from mounting Hamas rockets and mortars on Israeli civilians.

 

 For invading Gaza to uncover and destroy Hamas tunnels built under the international border with the aim of enabling Palestinian terrorists to surface in or near Israeli villages with the intent of massacring Israeli civilians.

 

In one case, an angry official of United Nations Relief & Works Agency discovered rockets hidden underneath one of his UNRWA schools but subsequently returned them to Hamas.

 For warning Palestinian civilians in advance to evacuate buildings and areas being exploited by Palestinian terrorists to launch rockets at Israel, while they exploit Palestinian civilians as human shields. This included launching a noisy but harmless explosive charge on the roof known as the 'knock on the roof' procedure, or by actually telephoning civilians in advance. This also applied to residential buildings, schools, and hospitals used to store rockets. In one case, an angry official of United Nations Relief & Works Agency discovered rockets hidden underneath one of his UNRWA schools but subsequently returned them to Hamas.

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

 To UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who castigated Israel for hitting UNRWA buildings that were being exploited by the terrorists:

 

 For not attacking the Hamas leadership that operated from an underground headquarters built under the Shifa hospital.

 

 For continuing to supply electricity to Gaza from the Israeli power station at Ashdod until Palestinian rockets damaged some of the power lines.

 

Without Iron Dome, hundreds of the rockets would have blown up in Israeli residential areas probably killing hundreds of civilians; but only three civilians and 64 soldiers were killed, and such a low number of Israeli deaths annoyed many of Israel's critics.

 For allowing some 250 trucks to deliver food and medicine to Palestinian civilians in Gaza via the Israeli border terminal at Kerem Shalom, although terrorists even fired rockets at this site during the conflagration.

 

 For developing the Iron Dome missile defense system that gave Israeli civilians in the Gaza border area some 15 seconds to rush to their bomb shelters. Without Iron Dome, hundreds of the rockets would have blown up in Israeli residential areas probably killing hundreds of civilians; but only three civilians and 64 soldiers were killed, and such a low number of Israeli deaths annoyed many of Israel's critics. (On the other hand, mortars launched by the Palestinians could not be intercepted by Iron Dome).

 

Gaza's missiles fired at Israel (photo credit: IDF)

 The IDF has disclosed that the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza launched an estimated 2,600 rockets at Israel - 600 of them, which were headed for populated areas, were intercepted by Iron Dome. It scored a success rate of 90%. But if those 600 rockets had landed on Israeli cities and villages, undoubtedly hundreds and perhaps thousands of Israelis would have been killed.

 

 Incidentally, the UN's top official comes from South Korea, which has reportedly expressed an interest in purchasing Israel's Iron Dome to defend itself from possible rocket attacks from North Korea. I wonder what the Secretary General's reaction would be if the North Koreans started tunneling into South Korea with the aim of killing and kidnapping South Korean civilians

 

In later history, the Turkish military has conducted a systematic shelling of Kurdish villages in the Kurds' struggle for independence from Ankara.

 For annoying Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is very sensitive about civilians being killed in war after the Turks massacred a million and a half Armenians during the First World War in what is generally accepted as an act of genocide. However, the Turks persistently have denied that it ever happened. In later history, the Turkish military has conducted a systematic shelling of Kurdish villages in the Kurds' struggle for independence from Ankara.

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

 For refusing US Secretary of State John Kerry's idea about Turkey leading the ceasefire negotiations! Erdogan himself has referred to Israelis as Nazis.

 

 For preferring Egyptian President Fattah el Sisi as a more competent and impartial mediator. El Sisi is also fighting the fanatical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and is viewed by Israel as a more competent and reliable mediator. Washington actually preferred the former Muslim Brotherhood, which is similar to Hamas and IS in Iraq when it comes to Islam ruling the world.

 

This time Hamas coupled the indiscriminate rocketing with digging tunnels to Israeli villages on the other side of the border. (Incidentally, those Israeli civilians are not 'settlers', but live on undisputed Israeli land).

 For also upsetting Secretary John Kerry, who, caught off mike, blasted the IDF's 'precision attacks'. Again, Vietnam War veteran Kerry is touchy about civilian casualties after witnessing carpet-bombing, 'agent orange', and the systematic destruction of South Vietnamese villages. Moreover, Israel's operation came in the wake of the tens of thousands of civilians who have been killed by 'collateral damage' in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 For the third time in six years for Israel having to defend its civilians from Hamas rocketing after Israel totally evacuated the Gaza Strip in 2005. This time Hamas coupled the indiscriminate rocketing with digging tunnels to Israeli villages on the other side of the border. (Incidentally, those Israeli civilians are not 'settlers', but live on undisputed Israeli land).

 

Willism Schabas

 Now right on cue, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which allocates a great deal of its time bashing Israel, has appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate Israel's military operations in Gaza. And who does it select for its chair? Outspoken Canadian law professor, William Schabas who has made his position abundantly clear on the Jewish state. In his tirades, Schabas sometimes cannot even keep the facts straight. For example, speaking after a former operation, he confused Netanyahu with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who was in office at the time: 'Netanyahu should be brought before an international court'.

 

'If we are going after the President of Sudan for Darfur, why are we not going after the President of Israel for Gaza? ...Israel gets off relatively lightly in the UN Security Council'.

 The man who would sit in judgment of Israel has also voiced his opinion that former President Shimon Peres should join Netanyahu in The Hague: 'If we are going after the President of Sudan for Darfur, why are we not going after the President of Israel for Gaza?' Obviously it is a basic principle of justice that a judge, in this case the chair of a commission of enquiry, must be impartial when hearing the evidence - otherwise it stands to reason that he should recuse himself; but not law professor Schabas. Even after his appointment, Schabas was asked how come the UN has appointed two commissions of enquiry to investigate Israel but never gets around to anybody else? Schabas replied that this reflected power politics at the UN, but then, without batting an eyelid, he added: 'Israel gets off relatively lightly in the UN Security Council'. I rest my case.

 

 Israel rejects Schabas

 

Benyamin Netanyahu (Photo: Amit Shabi)

 Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'The UN report has already been drafted. Its chairman has decided that Hamas is not a terror organization; therefore, they have nothing to do here. Let them first visit Damascus, Baghdad and Tripoli (Libya). Let them go see the IS (Islamist State terrorists) in Iraq, the Syrian Army, and Hamas; that's where they'll find war crimes'. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman echoed the PM's statement: 'Israel must ignore the Schabas commission and not legitimize its anti-Israeli members. If a man like Schabas can serve as its head, how can anyone blame Israel for not cooperating with it? It's a symphony of hypocrisy'.

 

'First of all the commission assumes that Israel is guilty and arrives at its verdict before it begins its enquiry. As for Professor Schabas himself, he has disqualified himself at the outset by demonstrating his anti-Israeli positions in the past'.

 At UN headquarters in New York, Israel's ambassador Ron Prosor added: 'The only legitimate enquiry now is for the UN to examine how the Human Rights Council appointed an outspoken anti-Israeli bigot to investigate Israel'. Professor Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister, said Israel should not cooperate with such a UN enquiry that is so prejudiced against Israel. In his view, it recalled the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland: 'First of all the commission assumes that Israel is guilty and arrives at its verdict before it begins its enquiry. As for Professor Schabas himself, he has disqualified himself at the outset by demonstrating his anti-Israeli positions in the past'. On the other hand, the Israeli government may appoint its own board of enquiry that would include a distinguished foreign expert on international law. This has been recommended by Dr. Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to Washington.

 

 

'The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews and kill them. Then the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: "O' Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him" (Article 7).

 PS: Speaking of Mr. Olmert, before leaving office, the prime minister, as did Ehud Barak at Camp David 2000, offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a very generous two-state proposal that included Gaza and the partition of Jerusalem. Abbas, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, never even responded. Olmert's offer would have given Gaza complete freedom, including the lifting of the naval blockade that was imposed to prevent Hamas from smuggling in more powerful and accurate rockets to target Israeli civilians. On the contrary, Hamas, like Iran and IS in Iraq, sticks to its Islamist fanaticism not only against Israel but against Jews in general. This is actually inscribed in the Hamas Covenant: 'The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews and kill them. Then the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: "O' Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him" (Article 7)'. But maybe this is only spirited Islamist rhetoric? Tell it to the fleeing Yazidis in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

 David Essing

 

 

 

 Editor Rivki Matan

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