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LESSON 17 OF GAZA WAR:STATE DEPT DECREES NEW RULES FOR ISRAEL FIGHTING TERRORISTS

From all around the UNRWA elementary school for boys on August 1 Hamas terrorists fired mortar shells at Israel

The State Department has announced new rules for when the Israeli Army may, and may not, target Hamas terrorists. This may come as a surprise to the Israeli public, which has grown accustomed to its army being led by career military officers with decades of terrorist-fighting experience.

The State Department’s new decree was handed down in the wake of an August 3 incident, in which an Israeli missile eliminated three Hamas killers riding on a motorcycle in the Gaza city of Rafah.

That the Israelis are able to pinpoint such a small, moving target is itself a remarkable achievement and a testimony both to Israel’s doctrine of avoiding civilian casualties as well as its admirable technological prowess.

But the Israelis are not super-human. They cannot control the direction or velocity of the shrapnel that scatters from a missile’s explosion. In this case, the terrorists were killed, but the shrapnel flew in various directions, some of it into a nearby crowd of civilians, of whom, regrettably, ten were killed as well.

The civilians happened to be standing not far from a school. Even though the proximity of the school to the motorcycling terrorists was obviously pure coincidence, those who are unfriendly to Israel immediately pounced on the opportunity to make the Jewish State look bad. “Missile Strike Near U.N. School in Gaza Kills 10,” screamed the front-page, top-of-the-fold headline in the New York Times.

Over at the State Department, it should have been obvious what happened. After all, State Department spokesmen have on more than one recent occasion found themselves having to explain why the Obama administration’s drone attacks on suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Yemen accidentally harmed some nearby civilians.

But when it comes to Israel, the State Department has invented different rules. And it is now demanding that the Israeli army follow those rules.

Within hours of the incident — obviously long before any investigation could be undertaken — State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki labeled it “today’s disgraceful shelling.” She then explained: “The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

Calculating the likely distance that shrapnel can reach, and factoring in the density of Gaza’s population and the propensity of Hamas to operate within the most populated areas, the Israeli Army now has new guidelines for where it may attack terrorists in Gaza: Nowhere.

There is nowhere in Gaza that does not have civilians nearby. There is no Hamas activity that takes place far from civilians. The entrances to Hamas tunnels are located inside people’s homes. Hamas command bunkers are situated underneath hospitals. Hamas killers on motorcycles drive through civilian areas because every street is in a civilian area. And if Gaza’s civilians try to leave a battle zone, Hamas thugs try and force them to stay there.

If Israel plays by the State Department’s rules, it can never strike at any Hamas terrorists. No matter how many warning phone calls the Israelis make, no matter how many leaflets they drop, there will always be civilians nearby who might get hit by shrapnel.

That’s how war is conducted in the Middle East.

Lesson seventeen of the Gaza war: If Israel wants to survive in the Middle East, it has to play by its own rules, not the decrees of Foggy Bottom.

(The authors are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America. This is the seventeenth in a series. To view previous installments, please visit http://www.phillyreligiouszionists.org/lessons-from-the-gaza-war/.)

About the Author: The authors are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.


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52 Responses to “LESSON 17 OF GAZA WAR:STATE DEPT DECREES NEW RULES FOR ISRAEL FIGHTING TERRORISTS”

  1. US state department put your own house in order before you tell any one else to police theirs.

  2. US state department put your own house in order before you tell any one else to police theirs.

  3. Violet Helms says:

    US State Department, Bite Me. Hamaz fights dirty, Israel has to do what it can to stay alive.

  4. Violet Helms says:

    US State Department, Bite Me. Hamaz fights dirty, Israel has to do what it can to stay alive.

  5. Sarah Crowe says:

    They invent new rules for everyone they choose to .. IT’s not just Israel.

  6. Sarah Crowe says:

    They invent new rules for everyone they choose to .. IT’s not just Israel.

  7. Fire Kerry . He is so dangerous

  8. Fire Kerry . He is so dangerous

  9. Dawn Andrade says:

    US state department – MYOB.

  10. Dawn Andrade says:

    US state department – MYOB.

  11. It’s disgraceful!

  12. It’s disgraceful!

  13. I am sorry to say but the UK and USA are lost….taken over by Islamist.

  14. I am sorry to say but the UK and USA are lost….taken over by Islamist.

  15. Israel pay no attention to the state depth, protect your people.

  16. The US Arab led State Department can take their new rules and shove them up Allah’s butt .

  17. Things like this s is why I fly an Israeli flag and not a US flag for over 30 years.

  18. We really need to get rid of our Islamic president!

  19. they have invented different rules for our constitution too.

  20. Since when does war come with rules?

  21. Carolin Knox says:

    State Dept. Is notoriously anti-Israel and always has been. Had it been up to them there would be no Israel.

  22. Tell the state dept to kiss my Jewish ass!!!

  23. Tell the state dept to kiss my Jewish ass!!!

  24. Uzi Kattan says:

    State Department, go to hell. You anti Israel and anti American traitors.

  25. Uzi Kattan says:

    State Department, go to hell. You anti Israel and anti American traitors.

  26. I am so disappointed in my country, the USA. Our only real ally in the Mideast is Israel. But, Obama and his crew have now confirmed their anti-Semitism, along with the Useless UN. I can’t believe I voted for Obama twice. And as a NYer, I want the UN ****s gone from my hometown!

  27. I am so disappointed in my country, the USA. Our only real ally in the Mideast is Israel. But, Obama and his crew have now confirmed their anti-Semitism, along with the Useless UN. I can’t believe I voted for Obama twice. And as a NYer, I want the UN ****s gone from my hometown!

  28. David Hughes says:

    Don’t listen to them do as you feel is the right thing to do

  29. Allen M Levy says:

    the stat dept. needs to stay out of israel.

  30. Drone attacks in Yemen & Pakistan kill civilians & this is put as oops. It matters who is doing the shooting.

  31. More prof the US govt is nothing more than large group of imbeciles. Aren’t they all on vaca again now?! Haha must be time for fund-raising, eh?

  32. Katie Kelly says:

    You follow God Israel.

  33. shameful decrees…..I stand with Israel!

  34. Scott Alves says:

    I believe Kerry, who is in charge of the State Dept can shove that straight up his behind.

  35. Debra Winrow says:

    Lmbo that’s the Best!!!

  36. Chins up IDF , Great Job .

  37. Always double standards

  38. Tell them NO! God bless Israeli!!!

  39. Rules…ha!!! Who the hell are they to make rules for another nation’s army???

  40. Rules…ha!!! Who the hell are they to make rules for another nation’s army???

  41. Israel doesn’t need to play by the perverted rules of the U.S. State Dept.

  42. Israel doesn’t need to play by the perverted rules of the U.S. State Dept.

  43. JoAnn Morris says:

    Obama “thinks” he is king of the world. Bibi, please tell him to “shut up!”

  44. Gerald Myers says:

    Israel don’t listen to u.s. the President can’t even follow his own rules

  45. Too late, Israel plays by her own rules, based on her depth of understanding of such an evil enemy that repeatedly calls for her utter demise, and will never change the supreme primary duty of protecting her citizens. When the Barbarians arrive at your gate, maybe then we can discuss “rules”.

  46. 70 per cent of the Obama administration, highest seats are filled with Jews..try again with the Isamic administration..

  47. Within the past 70 years. And these rules are being used unfairly against Israel. We certainly have never been held to this strict a standard.

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