issue. The issues here are (a) the legality of Israel's war-fighting methods and (b) the accuracy and integrity of the IDF's reporting. Israel is a developed, democratic nation. It behoves it to uphold the Geneva Conventions scrupulously. Refusing civilians safe conduct, shooting people under white flags or using them as human shields, homes and public buildings being shelled - these are not the actions of an army conforming to the GC. This is third-world warfare, a descent into the moral gutter. B'Tselem looks to have collected its evidence scrupulously. If accurate, three-quarters of those killed (77.3%) were civilians. This would be a wholly unacceptable proportion of non-combatants for any western army or government (and of course for the ICJ). Political and military heads would roll. Rather than shoot the messenger, there now needs to be a prompt, independent judicial enquiry into the great discrepancy between the IDF and B'Tselem figures. Can't both be right, can they now?
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