The heart aches and is torn following the death and injury of young men in last week’s attack near the settlement of Ofra. The soul is roused and angered, but even at such a time we must admit the truth to ourselves: Shooting at an occupying army is a legitimate action according to any law. And unfortunately, in Ofra and its sister settlements, in Hebron and its environs and in all the territories occupied in the 1967 war, we are an occupying nation and army.
Yes, in Judea, Samaria and Gaza we’re an occupying and oppressing nation, by means of the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and the settlers, who are the civilian arm of the occupation, oppressing the people living there, the Palestinians. These areas do not belong to us and not one person in the entire world (not even our savior Trump) recognizes our rights or ownership over these lands. We are a nation, an army, a security service and settlers who are occupiers there.
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It’s not clods of earth promised by God that are under occupation there, but human beings, Palestinians who live there. And their right, as is the right of any people around the world who are living under an occupation, is to rebel against the occupier and to try to remove him from their land. Thus, shooting at soldiers of an occupying army, in this case an Israeli one, is a totally legitimate action, by any moral or legal standard.
It’s not only traitorous leftists who say so, it’s also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself, in his book “Fighting Terrorism.” He writes there that terrorists tend to call themselves guerilla fighters, and the media repeat this without giving it a second thought. But guerilla fighters are not terrorists, he writes. They are irregular soldiers fighting regular armies, not civilians. In fact, he says, guerilla fighters are the precise opposite of terrorists. In contrast to guerillas who seek battle with military forces, which are usually far stronger than they are, terrorists opt for attacking weak and defenseless civilians, including women, children and the elderly – anyone except soldiers. Terrorists try to avoid confrontations with soldiers, he writes.
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In other words, according to Netanyahu, Hamas and other Palestinian “terror” organizations are actually not terrorists but guerilla fighters, to all intents and purposes, since they fight regular army forces which are much stronger than they are, whereas terrorists, according to Netanyahu, choose to attack defenseless civilians, anyone but soldiers.
So who do Hamas “terrorist” civilians attack every week at the Gaza border if not army forces that are much stronger? Who did the “terrorists” shoot at last week at the Givat Assaf junction if not at soldiers who are “much stronger than they are”?
The oft-recited mantra we all recite says that the Palestinians deliberately shoot children. That’s a nonsensical lie. Not because they’re better or worse than we are. It’s because the Palestinians have no way of specifically targeting children. They can’t target anything. Usually, when they do hit children, it’s happenstance, just like they sometimes hit Palestinians by chance.
The opposite is actually true. It’s we who have the whole range of weaponry, the most precise ones in the world, and we kill many more civilians, including children, than they do.
So, who are the terrorists and who the guerillas? According to the definition spelled out by Netanyahu, your answers, it turns out, are wrong.