...since the very formulation starts calling for a theory mediating between the statement and the facts. Such theory doesn't and strictly speaking cannot exist due to amount of parameters and the impossibility to set their priorities. Moreover, the formulation "IDF did x to prevent y" is in advance subjective since there's no measurable adequacy between intention and outcome. The abuses by 'inflicting evil to avoid bigger evil' are more than abundant in history, to draw on "mission civilisatrice" cases alone. It's easier (although not entirely objectively either) to measure what IDF did to safeguard the lives of IDF combatants vs Gazans, since it involves comparable elements which Kemp's formulation does not.
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: Lawyers in EU draw up list of alleged IDF war criminals
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