#70"A Few" Murdered Israeli Civilians Are Acceptable? Arieh? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tim R
    • 04.01.10 | 16:25 (IST)

    "that suggests the the IDF`s response was not measured and that it allowed innocent civilians to be targeted as a "lesson" to Hamas"(Arieh Zimmerman) That's NOT what I said. I said "do what is necessary" to stop the targeting and murder of innocent Israeli civilians ... "Numerous "Talkbacks" from Israeli have suggested that the overkill was reasonable and justified"(Arieh Zimmerman) What do you mean by overkill? Are you suggesting that the party that perpetuates the war (Hamas) has the right to set the "kill quota"? War is immoral, once it is imposed by one party (Hamas) on another (Israel) events are unpredictable. Hamas and their numerous Palestinian supporters should keep that in mind before imposing THEIR war on Israel... "Collective punishment, however, whenever, and by whom so-ever practiced is an unforgivable crime..."(Arieh Zimmerman) What do you mean by "collective punishment"? War itself is collective punishment. Now ask yourself who is insisting on war? Hint: Hamas ... "Jews have been tortured and murdered for centuries only because they were Jews. Should we allow innocent Palestinian civilians to be murdered only because they are Palestinians in the wrong place at the wrong time?"(Arieh Zimmerman) Your concern for "the innocent" Palestinians is touching. I hope you have the same concern for the innocent Israelis too. Unfortunately innocence or guilt does not come into it in a war. There are only legitimate or illegitimate targets but Hamas does NOT make it easy for Israel to distinguish between the two because it is part of Hamas's war strategy to use human shields. And THAT is THE war crime according to the Geneva conventions! NOT Israel's legitimate self defense ... You don't believe me? Then just ask Obama, the USA's commander in chief, a Nobel Peace laureate: How many Afghan civilians have been accidentally killed in the war against the Taliban (who use the same strategy as Hamas) in 2009? (Hint: More than 1400)

    from the article: Israel's 10 worst errors of the decade
    First published 08:15 31.12.09 | Last updated 11:35 31.12.09
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