Israel changed the rules of engagement, which led to massive civilian casuallties in Gaza. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Natallie Durson
    • 04.04.11 | 22:00 (IDT)

    In the days before the Gaza op began, Israle changed the rules of engagement (ROE). This is the guidance telling the IDF soldiers what they may shoot at. The ROE was "expanded" to include any person or building or other target which the IDF man or men felt to be "threatening". This effectively opened up Gaza into a free fire zone in which there were no "illegal" targets. This is what led to the slaughter of civilians. This change was well reported in Haaretz, although they seem to have completely forgotten about it now. The issue of whether the IDF targetted a thousand civilians or just killed them accidently is not the issue. This is something that Israel can obfuscate and defend against. The changing of the ROE to include every person in Gaza is something done at the highest levels of the IDF and the government. It cannot be defended. In the end, Israel got their wish, killing well over a thousand Palestinians with virtually no IDF casualties. Will any Haaretz reporter ever write about the changing of the ROE? Did Israel change the ROE back to what is was after the Gaza op? People should not get so wrapped up in Goldstone. This is a fake issue meant to distract attention from the real issue. This happens a lot with Israel.

    from the article: UN council: Goldstone regret not enough to rescind Gaza war report
    First published 21:35 04.04.11 | Last updated 21:35 04.04.11
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