Israel want's to talk about Goldstone and not the real issue - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Natallie Durson
    • 05.04.11 | 15:47 (IDT)

    What Israel doesn't want to talk about is how they changed the "rules of engagement" for the Gaza op, allowing the IDF soldiers to shoot to kill at anything that they felt to be "threatening". We have all seen that the IDF is notoriously trigger happy. Together these two factors led to the high number of civilian dead in Gaza. It was a free fire zone for the IDF. The changing of the ROE was reported in Haaretz, but there has been no coverage of it's impact after the end of the Gaza op. The international outcry caused Israel to single out one IDF man for particularly murderous behavior in shooting unarmed Palestinians at close range, but he got a hand slap and it was forgotten. Israel does this kind of stuff because Israel gets away with this kind of stuff. Only when criticism and condemnation of Israel's behavior is turned into action by the international community will Israel take notice.

    from the article: NY Times: We turned down a different version of Goldstone retraction
    First published 12:34 05.04.11 | Last updated 12:34 05.04.11
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