Ben Zalman, the intent to kill of the Israeli army - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 06.02.10 | 14:34 (IST)

    Ben, you claim, that "the IDF sent leaflets, made cell phone calls and did everything in its power to avoid killing innocent civilians." I can prove to you, that the Israeli army - far from being careful - had the intent to kill. Israeli generals and politicians in the weeks leading up to the attack on Gaza, had announced that the attack was going to be very destructive. They calculated that to "go crazy" would be advantageous, it would cause "shock and awe". And so it did. Look at the timing of the firsts assault: it was on Saturday 27 December 2008, shortly before noon, when children were returning from school and crowds were milling in the streets of densely populated Gaza City. The attack did indeed shock Hamas and the whole of Gaza; it took only a few minutes for Israel to kill over 200 people, most of them civilians (incl. women and children and graduating civil police officers) and wound 700. There was NO prior warning. It was coldly calculated state terror on a massive scale.

    from the article: When did the Israeli right become so McCarthyite?
    First published 02:08 05.02.10 | Last updated 11:36 05.02.10
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