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Gen. Dempsey: Israel Did Utmost to Limit Civilian Harm [video]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told an audience in New York that he believed the Israel Defense Force went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in this past summer’s military conflict in Gaza.

The military leader was speaking to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

In addition to praising the IDF’s efforts to limit civilian casualties, Dempsey also said that the Pentagon sent a team to Israel to see what lessons could be learned from the IDF’s expertise during Operation Protective Edge. This included observing the measures taken by the IDF to prevent civilian casualties and the way in which the Israeli military dealt with the terror tunnels.

The reason this is such extraordinary news is that Israel was criticized harshly and repeatedly for failing to prevent the heavy loss of civilian life during the conflict, which saw more than a thousand Gazans die, including many civilians and children. Various human rights entities accused and continue to accuse Israel of committing war crimes. Even the White House and State Department repeatedly claimed Israel failed to do enough to prevent civilian casualties.

But when asked to address the alleged “callous indifference” by Israel to the extensive damage and civilian deaths, Dempsey told the audience that he though the IDF “did what they could” to avoid civilian casualties.

“I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” Dempsey told the group. “In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties,” he added.

Dempsey said Hamas had turned Gaza into “very nearly a subterranean society” with tunneling throughout the coastal enclave.

“That caused the IDF some significant challenges. But they did some extraordinary things to try and limit civilian casualties,” Dempsey said, which included “making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure,” Dempsey said.

In addition to dropping warning leaflets, Dempsey said, the IDF developed a technique called “roof-knocking.” This involves dropping a low-yield explosive or non-explosive device on a rooftop. This “knocking” is a warning to residents to leave the building before it is shelled. Of course, even this effort to limit civilian casualties was criticized for not being gentle enough.

Dempsey said civilian casualties during the summer’s conflict were “tragic, but I think the IDF did what they could” to avoid them.

“The IDF is not interested in creating civilian casualties. They’re interested in stopping the shooting of rockets and missiles out of the Gaza Strip and into Israel,” Dempsey said.

US Gen. Dempsey Lands in Israel, to Meet with Netanyahu

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey landed in Israel Monday afternoon to begin talks with Israel and later with Jordan, where American troops are stationed.

Syria will top his agenda in Jordan, which has been flooded by Syrian refugees and where there has been a spillover in fighting in the Syrian civil war.

In Israel, Gen. Dempsey will meet with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, with the Iranian nuclear program and instability in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula high on the agenda.

Dempsey arrived immediately after U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh was in Israel for a secret four-day visit, which the United States had asked not be reported until it concluded.

U.S. Air Force Chief Completes Secret Visit to Israel

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh, the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has completed a secret visit to Israel, where was the guest of the Commander of the Israel Air Force, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel.

Welsh met with senior officers and defense personnel, including Chief of the General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benjamin Gantz, and was hosted at air force bases throughout the country.

The officials discussed a number of topics including mutual security challenges in light of the regional security situation. Welsh and Eshel also discussed plans to further strengthen the cooperation between the U.S. Air Force and the Israel Air Force, according to the IDF.

The meeting, which reportedly was kept secret at the request of the United States, comes in advance of a scheduled visit by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is set to arrive on Monday, as a guest of Gantz.

Dempsey, US Chiefs of Staff Chairman, to Visit Israel and Jordan

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

A Pentagon spokesman has denied an Israel report that Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Israel to discuss Syria and Iran strategy with Israeli leaders but confirmed that he will visit Israel and Jordan within two weeks.

Obama Closer to Arming Rebels in Syria

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

President Barack Obama is closer to presenting a plan to directly arm Syrian rebels, but he still faces Congressional opposition.

“The House Intelligence Committee has very strong concerns about the strength of the administration’s plans in Syria and its chances for success,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers,  a Republican from Michigan, said in a statement Monday. “After much discussion and review, we got a consensus that we could move forward with what the administration’s plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with committee reservations.”

The huge cost of arming rebels and the risks of American involvement are working against the idea. “It is no less than an act of war,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey wrote Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He also stated that the United States has learned from the past 10 years “that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state.”

US General to Visit Egypt

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will meet with his Egyptian counterpart in Egypt this week, amid rising tensions over Egypt’s prosecution of pro-democracy NGO workers in Egypt.

The visit was reportedly scheduled before the issue arose, but Dempsey’s spokesman told AFP that “[w]ith the Egyptians, Gen. Dempsey will discuss common interests, choices and consequences.”

 

Report: Israel to provide 12-Hour Window Before Attacking Iran

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The UK’s Sunday Times reported that Israel informed US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey during his recent visit that it will not request permission from the US to attack Iran and will only provide America a 12-hour warning before the attack.

The report also claimed that an Israeli source communicated that Israel was caught unaware when the US postponed their joint security exercise last week.

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