Israel has tried very hard for many years to be discreet, as you say. But truth about these dirty little secrets has a way of getting out at the worst possible times (ie: 13 bullets fired at close range into the body of a 13-year old girl walking to school). I am a firm supporter of the state of Israel, but intentional war crimes are unacceptable behaviour from any nation calling itself a liberal democracy. And a liberal democracy does not find its power in barrel of a gun, but in the righteousness and humanity of its actions.
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