Being selective with facts is also a sin - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Logical Cement
    • 12.04.11 | 15:16 (IDT)

    "More than 3,500 homes were destroyed, of which the IDF admitted later more than 90% had nothing to do with terrorists or aiding terrorists." That is, at the very least, a mis-statment of the facts. Even though 90% of homes had nothing to do with terrorists, or aiding terrorists, (i.e. homes of terrorists, or homes converted by terrorists to buildings with a combat purposes, or homes of terrorist collaberators or homes converted by terrorist collaberators to be aid stations), THE MAJORITY of all homes hit WERE HOMES USED AS COVER -- AS A SHIELD -- for terrorists launching attacks against Israeli non-combatants and IDF soliders. The point made, which Goldstone admits was erroniously contradicted in his report, is that the IDF, both in policy and in implementation, does EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER to avoid hurting non-combatants during combat. The reality is, however, that as strict as the Rules of Engagement are, as sophisticated and exact the weapons used are, as careful as soldiers on the ground are -- there is always a chance of non-combatants being hit when your target HAS TAKEN COVER BY, BEHIND, OR INSIDE THEIR HOME. So as terrible as it is, the only alternative (and this is EXACTLY what Hamas aims at when it fires from within densly polulated residential areas) is not to take action, and to allow Hamas to targed and murder Israeli non-combatants unhindered and with no price to pay for it (and to be sure, the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY would not so much as lift a finger, let alone voice outrage, if Hamas was murdering innocent Israelis without any Israeli response).

    from the article: What exactly did Goldstone 'retract' from his report on Gaza?
    First published 03:08 12.04.11 | Last updated 03:08 12.04.11
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