International law says one may use sufficient force to defend oneself and one's citizens. Clearly, Israel did not use sufficient force, though it may have been overwhelming. Not only was it not sufficient, it didn't even approach the force that could have been utilized. Imagine Israel firing 14,000 of its rockets into Gaza indiscriminately. The carnage would have dwarfed what the Pals suffered and, sadly, for so many Pals, deserved. They voted in Hamas knowing full well what Hamas would do. They incurred the risk which for some materialized. And let me go further, if the law doesn't permit states or individuals to use sufficient force to defned themselves, the law is simply unrealistic. I think if you check your domestic law and mine, you will find that my description of the law is accurate. And I, Barak and almost all Israelies would support prosectution of individuals who, like Hamas, gratuitously targeted civilians. Where is the reliable evidence?
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from the article: Barak 'incensed, but not surprised' by Goldstone report