Friday, May 25, 2018

Justified Military Measure in Existential Threat

"The High Court of Justice unanimously rejected the petitions of the pestering left-wing Zionist organizations against the IDF’s strong and steadfast stance against the enemy in Gaza."
"It is time for you to understand that while you are trying to strengthen our enemy, the IDF is also protecting you."
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

"The IDF had precise intelligence that the violent riots were masking a plan of mass infiltration into Israel in order to carry out a massacre against Israeli civilians [where Hamas operatives were dressed as civilians, mingling with Palestinian Gazans incited by the Hamas leadership to breach the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip]."
Israeli Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, IDF spokesman

"I have fought in combat zones around the world including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Macedonia and Iraq. I was also present throughout the conflict in Gaza in 2014."
"Based on my experience and on my observations: the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF, does more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare."
British Col. Richard Kemp, former commander, British forces in Afghanistan 

Illustrative: Israeli snipers prepare for massive protests by Palestinians in Gaza and the potential for demonstrators to try to breach the security fence on March 30, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli snipers prepare for massive protests by Palestinians in Gaza and the potential for demonstrators to try to breach the security fence on March 30, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
"According to her family, she [an eight-month-old Palestinian baby] was killed after inhaling a cloud of Israeli tear gas during Monday's bloody protests on the border. They said her 12-year-old uncle had become confused and accidentally brought the baby to within yards of the barbed wire fence that Israel has vowed to defend", and that's the story that circulated throughout Western media to emphasize how brutal the IDF is, killing an infant.

Quite the protests, when parents bring their infants along to storm a barbed-wire fence. Quite the 12-year-old who is able to carry an 8-month-old child directly toward a fence where proximity is forbidden and ample warning given that any who flouted the intention of the IDF to protect the barrier in the larger interests of protecting nearby Jewish villagers from the obviously malign intentions of Hamas, urging protestors to break down the fence and 'eat the livers' of Jews.

Well, as things turned out, the child had a congenital heart condition, and even the Gazan medical authorities declared the cause of death to have been exposure with her delicate medical history to be the cause of death; in other words the parents of this child deliberately exposed her to the potential of death, which became reality, then declared her a 'martyr' to the cause of 'returning' to their land in Israel. Those intended returnees never themselves left the land they aspire toward; they are children and grandchildren of the original refugees.

Instead of demanding from the terrorist group Hamas that rules their enclave, the responsibility that comes with administering a civilian population with all the infrastructure required the "March of Return" demanded that Israel open the separating fence and admit them and the other six million refugee claimants to overwhelm the Jewish state. Israel erected the blockade -- in response to the bloody coup Hamas accomplished in routing Fatah; their presence in Gaza constricting of the population and their covenant clearly meant to destroy Israel and slaughter Jews -- as a preventive.

Now, the Israeli High Court of Justice, in response to applications from charitable humanitarian groups within Israel itself, to deny the IDF the use of live ammunition in controlling the hordes of Palestinians attempting to breach the border, has ruled against that demand. In recognition of the indisputable fact that Hamas and related terror groups pose a challenge to security forces through the ruse of infiltrating civilian protesters with Hamas operatives, making it difficult for the army to identify terrorists, live fire was justified.

The Israeli High Court, known for its impartial and strictly objective hewing to the law and to justice, unanimously rejected two petitions brought by human rights groups against the IDF rules of engagement, and ruled to permit live fire during clashes with Palestinian protesters on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. It is past time for Palestinians to finally realize that peace can only arrive when they are prepared to negotiate fairly and conscientiously with Israel to enable both to live in full security.

Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border in Rafah, Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

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