Respecting Human Shields: There is No Reward for Stupidity…

       



   


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Weekly Commentary: The Danger of Self Imposed Moderation in Gaza Strip Operation, by Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 23 November, 2006 (IMRA)

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When PM Olmert, DM Peretz and COS Halutz snap back at their critics that the IDF is already doing everything it can to stop the Qassams from the Gaza Strip, there are some huge caveats attached to the claim.

- The IDF’s mission includes destroying weapons stores, but if the weapons are stored in a residential area the IDF gives the Palestinians thirty minutes warning before attacking the location to either relocate the weapons or bring in even more human shields to protect it from attack.

- Weapons stored in “sensitive” locations such as mosques are off limits to IDF operations and Palestinian combatants can shield themselves with cooperative civilians.

- No operation within the Gaza Strip can be open ended – even in the Philadelphi Corridor that separates between Egyptian Sinai and Gaza.

And so, having set rules that make it next to impossible to succeed, it is hardly surprising that this team is so keen on finding a way to make a deal with the Palestinians according to which the various Palestinian groups can continue smuggling in weapons and manufacturing ever more effective Kassam rockets as long as they don’t shoot.

For a while.

Until they decide to start shooting again.

When they can shoot even more powerful and more numerous rockets prepared during the Israeli hiatus in security operations.

If the above rules reflect some notion of morality then it’s a sick one which gives preference to the lives of Palestinian human shields over those of Israeli victims.

If these rules are for public relations they indicate a profound misunderstanding of how the world sees the story.

The world doesn’t praise Israel for respecting human shields – they either don’t believe it or they think Israel is stupid. And there is no reward for stupidity.

And the world certainly isn’t impressed by the restraint Israel has shown so far. That’s because even restrained operations can make a headline or get a few seconds on the evening news on a slow news day.

The truth is that the PR costs of a massive brutally effective operation are barely more than the costs of a mediocre one.

That’s because you get almost the same coverage for an operation taking place simultaneously in ten locations as in only one. The same goes for casualties.

The Olmert-Peretz-Halutz approach is wrong. Dead wrong.

The last thing Israel can afford to do today is continue policies that could ultimately corner it into accepting a timeout for a Palestinians arms build up.

For if Israel accepts such a timeout, the Jewish State may find itself in the same situation as the proverbial frog in pot of water being slowly heated to a boil.

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  1. [...] And so today, again and again we see this Talmudic adage played out; “Whoever is compassionate where he should be cruel will eventually be cruel where should be compassionate.” One example, amongst countless many which could be cited today; the government of Israel calls off a military action in Gaza due to human shields around a terrorist leader while the children of Sderot must cower in fear, either with their heads beneath their hands in a fetal-like position on the floor or under their concrete desks, because Sderot’s lack of affluence makes them low-priority citzens vs their more upscale, affluent Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva counterparts. [...]


  2. [...] But in Israel, the current Olmert regime calls off a military action because of human shields (protecting and co-conspiring with Islamic terrorists who indescriminately rocket or suicide bomb innocent Jews) because the leftist elitists give parity with the innocent Jewish victims of the terrorist rocket launchers and suicide bombers out of their total disconnection from Judaism. Thus, in Israel, the current prime minister hangs his head in shame when accused of indescriminate civilian bombing. Only later is the rumor, the accusation inevitably dispelled when blogosphere smells out bogus Pallywood or Hezbollywood productions. And so, in Israel enemy lives take preference over Jewish lives. [...]


  3. [...] But in our generation, the government of Israel, in it’s cravings to be loved by the nations and to be like them, to have “the normal life” has long excluded Hashem from the loop. And, of late, after cancelling military actions because of human shields, the regime now negates the pillar of national defense and national security because “other considerations transcend preventing Israelis from being murdered by Kassam rockets” which rain-in on Israel’s southern cities despite the so-called “cease-fire” which Israel’s morally corrupt and graft-ridden leaders hope to spread to Yehuda and Shomron by making the rules of military engagement more stringent and barring arrests of terrorist murderers without approval by senior IDF officers. [...]


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  5. [...] And so today, again and again we see this Talmudic adage played out; “Whoever is compassionate where he should be cruel will eventually be cruel where should be compassionate.” A couple of examples, amongst countless many which could be cited today; the government of Israel a year ago called off a military action in Gaza due to human shields in Gaza while the children of Sderot cowered in fear, either with their heads beneath their hands in a fetal-like position on the floor or under their concrete desks, because Sderot’s lack of affluence makes them low-priority citzens vs their more upscale, affluent Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva counterparts. [...]


  6. [...] And, when the regime cancels military actions because of human shields protecting terrorists, it is clear that they negate the pillar of national defense and national security because “ other considerations [distorted western “morality (sic)”] transcend preventing Israelis from being murdered by Kassam rockets” which rain-in on Israel’s southern cities. [...]

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