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IDF Took More Precautions in Conflict than NATO Member Armies

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

A group international military experts submitted a report to the UN Friday, concluding their analysis of Israeli and Palestinian actions during the 2014 Gaza conflict. The group of eleven independent experts are experienced authorities on military conflict, as well as the laws of armed conflict. Among the investigators were ex-chiefs of staff and generals of NATO member states, as well as politicians from the US, Italy and Spain.

Col. Richard Kemp, the UK’s former commander of forces in Afghanistan, spoke to the Tazpit News Agency on Sunday.

He reflected on the main argument of the report, which stated that the IDF went to great lengths to keep to the rules of conflict, and in some instances went beyond the call of duty.

“The members of the group know of no other army that takes such great steps to avoid civilian casualties, including their own,” Kemp told Tazpit, saying that only a small number of the panel were familiar with Israel before the investigation.
Kemp, who has himself been to Israel numerous times in recent years, explained his colleagues were in general surprised at what they found. “Israel actually goes further than most to stick to international law and protect non-involved civilians,” he contended.
Expanding on previous criticism of the organization, Kemp said that many of the misconceptions among the experts were due to misinformation coming from the UN itself.
Kemp’s also hoped that the UN’s forthcoming publication of a report on last summer’s 50-day conflict would take the group’s report into account.
The UN’s controversial Human Right’s Council (HRC) is set to release its report on the conflict at the end of the month. The HRC have often been described, including by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, as disproportionately focused on putting Israel under the spotlight.
More vocal critics have denounced the HRC, who have had Saudi Arabia, Russia and China on its council in recent years, as completely biased against Israel.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also published its detailed report into the conflict on Sunday, presenting their findings to the Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The report claims that Gazan victims of the 50-day conflict were roughly 50 percent armed combatants, at current estimations.
The ratio puts Israel at the forefront of minimizing civilian casualties in urban warfare, ahead of coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other western armies.
Regarding the MFA report, Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting, “Israel and the IDF are committed to the rules of international law even when fighting terrorist organizations that intentionally violated those rules.”

Iron Domes Added to South to Shoot Down Gaza Missiles

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The IDF has deployed four Iron Dome anti-rocket systems in the wake of renewed missiles attacks from Gaza, which is supposed to be controlled by Hamas.

Salafists, affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) ideology, have claimed they shot the missile on southern Israel last Thursday night. It fell short of its target and hit a residence in Gaza.

“We have the Salafist groups here in Gaza pledging their support to Islamic State,”  Gaza’s al-Azhar University  Prof. Mukhaimer Abu Saada told the BBC Friday.

He added:

They very much identify with Islamic State in terms of their ideology and their radical interpretations of Islam and the Koran. They are unhappy with Hamas because they believe it has not implemented Islamic law and because Hamas has reached an understanding with Israel, which put an end to the war in the summer of 2014.

Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad insists that the ISIS does not have a formal organization  in Gaza.

 

Hamas Saves IDF the Trouble and Attacks Itself with Rocket

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Gaza terrorists last night saved the IDF the task of having to retaliate for rocket fire and did so itself, with the missile exploding on a house in Gaza, not in Israel.

The IDF confirmed the “self-retaliation” to The JewishPress.com Friday morning , but a spokeswoman said it is not known if there were any injuries.

Recent rocket fire from Gaza has been met by immediate IDF retaliation, a “proportional” response that is careful not to injure anyone if the rockets explode in “open areas” in Israel.

Southern Israeli citizens raced to bomb shelters Thursday night to the sound of warning sirens of an approaching missile.

In Gaza, there are plenty of shelters for missiles and bombs, but there are few bomb shelters, except perhaps in the houses of the terrorist echelon.

Thursday night’s rocket damage to a residence was disproportional, but neither Hamas nor the Salafists (ISIS/Gaza) have yet complained to the United Nations.

Anti-IDF ‘Breaking the Silence’ to Speak in Swiss Parliament

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The leftist Green Part in Switzerland has invited Yehuda Shaul, leader of the anti-IDF Breaking the Silence group, to speak in the parliament a week after the government funded his exhibit that charges the military with human rights violations.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry last week failed to cancel the Breaking the Silence exhibition, which it said has the ” sole purpose to tarnish the image of Israel’s …and Israel’s image.”

The Swiss Foreign Ministry shelled out $25,000 to help Breaking the Silence stage the exhibit and justified its action as a “commitment to increasing dialogue about human rights.”

Yehuda Shaul is as an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem but has stated he was Not raised as an Israeli.” His agenda is clearly leftist, and he states on the Breaking of Silence website:

Moral values disintegrate, that’s inherent in these circumstances and you can’t both be there and not be there. Occupation is an equation. Soldiers dominate civilians. It starts with what I talked about and ends with what we don’t want to listen to, yet we must because our society is an occupying one, and our soldiers are doing these things in our name.

Shaul founded Breaking the Silence, which is generously funded by the leftist New Israel Fund, and he has recorded allegations by anonymous soldiers of indiscriminate fire at Arabs in Gaza during last summer’s Protective Edge counter-terror campaign.

Ten Swiss parliament members strongly opposed last week’s the exhibit and stated, as translated and published by The Jerusalem Post:

Disinformation and the political ideology of hatred are being directed against the Jewish state and, of all things, it is shameful that Switzerland, on whose soil the nucleus of peaceful political Zionism developed in Base at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, is participating in such activities.

Israeli pressure so far has not stopped the Green Party, which issued an invitation to Shaul to speak in the parliament to speak.

IDF Reservists last week appealed to Hotovely and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop the exhibit and said they also “will not remain silent in the face of an organization that retries to degrade the IDF.” They should form a group and call it “Breaking the Slander.”

The Breaking the Silence report is ammunition for BDS. Its 237-page report titled “This Is How We Fought in Gaza” is full of anonymous testimonies form 60 soldiers among tens of thousands who were called up during the war.

NGO Monitor has charged Breaking the Silence with making “sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous and unverifiable testimonies of low-level soldiers.” It added:

These ‘testimonies’ lack context, ignoring the fact that during the 2014 Gaza war heavy fighting took place between Israel and terror groups in Gaza, and that soldiers faced grave danger throughout the conflict from rockets, mortar shells, and terrorists emerging from tunnels dug beneath private homes. These distortions and erasures dovetail with BtS’s ideological agenda and fuel delegitimization campaigns against Israel.”

The IDF Did NOT Just Attack Gaza

Monday, June 8th, 2015

It seems to be a bad day for the IDF, a false rocket alarm went off in southern Ashkelon, while the IDF website was claiming the IAF attacked Gaza at 11:14 AM, in its breaking news section.

In a quick call by JewishPress.com to the IDF Spokesperson for more information, the IDF spokesperson was also surprised to learn the IDF website claimed Israel just attacked Gaza, and clarified that there was a mistake on the website, as Israel did not just attack Gaza, nor was a rocket launched last evening as the article also claimed.

It appears they accidentally republished an old article from Sunday morning.

The spokesperson thanked the JewishPress.com for bringing it to their attention and the article has since been removed.

To summarize, the IAF did not attack Gaza a few hours ago and misteaks happen.

Gaza Dedicates Football Teams to Kidnapping of Killed IDF Soldiers, No FIFA Officials in Sight

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Do you wonder why Israelis are moving politically rightward, and see no prospects for peace on the horizon with their depraved neighbors?

The answer, in part, has to do with the self-inflicted daily decline of humanity of the Gazans.

While terror chief and local PA soccer representative Jibril Rajoub was trying to stick Israel in the dock at FIFA, as usual no one was checking out what’s really going on in the “Palestinian” sports scene.

To help boost attendance at the Sunday game, the Gazans decided to link the game to their only “victories” in the war they initiated last summer.

On Sunday, in the final Gaza Cup soccer game, the two city’s teams, Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh and Team Khadmat Rafiach morbidly represented themselves based on the two dead Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped in their respective cities and whose remains Hamas still hold on to.

Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh is now “represented” by the capture of First Sergeant Oron Shaul who was killed in the APC attack near Shujaiyeh and his dead body then stolen by Hamas.

Team Khadmat Rafiach is “represented” by the capture of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin who was killed when Hamas attacked IDF troops during a “cease fire.” Hamas then dragged his body into a terror tunnel underneath Rafiach.

The Gazans say the team’s cities are the backbone which allowed for the kidnapping of the bodies of the soldiers.

But hey, not a FIFA official is in sight.

Which team won? They both lost.

Will it ever be possible to rehabilitate the Gazans and restore them to the ranks of humanity?

‘Palestine Cup’ Soccer Finals: Kidnappers and Killers Competing

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Maybe this will convince world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, that Gazans are not victims of Israeli aggression, but are instead victims of the brainwashing by their demonic leadership.

Gaza is holding its year’s soccer finals. That alone should be a clue to those who claim Gaza is an “open air prison” that there is more than just a semblance of normalcy to life in Gaza.

The two teams competing in today’s ‘Palestine Cup’ final (Sunday, June 6), one from Shujaeiya and the other from Rafah.

But what the JewishPress.com learned from Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is that the flyer distributed before the game says this match was between the kidnappers of Oron Shaul and those of Hadar Goldin.

Staff Sgt. Shaul, 20, and Lt. Oron, 23, were Israeli soldiers who were killed in Gaza last summer during Operation Protective Edge. The bodies of both boys continue to be held by Hamas.

“It is difficult to put into words how great the outrage is at Hamas’ bottomless inhumanity,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“While the UN prepares its next denunciation of Israel for defending her citizens last summer from Hamas terrorism and while world leaders demand that Israel agree to a timeline to reach a two state solution, those leaders maintain their silence at the outrages like today’s flyers and allow Hamas to use the remains of dead Israeli soldiers to taunt the grieving Israeli families while teaching young Gazans more hate and inhumanity, Cooper added.

“Instead of granting a Hamas group the legitimacy of an NGO at the UN, world leaders, starting with those gathered at the G7 conference in Germany, should denounce Hamas for their genocidal hatred of Israel and the Jewish people,” Cooper concluded.

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