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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

The United Nations is “obsessed” with criticizing Israel, and “always assumes the Jews are to blame,” Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid has accused. His comments from a Yesh Atid party gathering were reported by the Hebrew-language site NRG.

The UN is expected to release a report in the upcoming days criticizing Israel over the 2014 Protective Edge operation in Gaza.

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Lapid noted that the UN had chosen not to investigate the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens at the hands of Hamas immediately prior to the operation. “If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Overall, the report “is yet another example that the UN has lost its mind,” Lapid declared. Instead of investigating Israel, he continued, the UN should investigate itself. “How did it lose its honesty, its moral standards, the basic values of fairness for which it was created?” he asked.

He noted that Israel took extensive measures to protect Gaza civilians, including giving advance warning of military operations to allow civilians to leave affected areas and setting up a field hospital near Gaza.

Operation Protective Edge was launched in response to the Hamas terrorist group’s use of tunnels from Gaza to Israel to attack Israeli communities, and to near-constant rocket attacks. During the operation Hamas repeatedly attacked IDF troops in Gaza, leading to heavy fighting at several points near the Gaza border.

Following the operation Hamas accused Israel of war crimes, and claimed that nearly all of the dead were civilians – a claim repeated in the international media, despite strong evidence that at least half of those killed were combatants.

Two recent reports on the conflict have found that Hamas committed war crimes against both Israel and the civilian population of Gaza, and that Israel went above and beyond the law in its attempts to prevent civilian casualties.

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  1. A Letter to the World from Jerusalem
    by Eliezer ben Yisrael ( Stanley Goldfoot)
    I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a Jerusalemite, like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood.
    I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of my people. I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city, you did not live in it, you did not defend it when they came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we will let you take it away.
    There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris were miasmal forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves – a humane moral code.
    Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning Temple rather than surrender, and, when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, their right arms wither. (see psalms 137)
    For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city.
    Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: "Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land, return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and swell in it as Thou promised."
    On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem.
    Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-semitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it) – all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel.
    Do you think that you can break us now after all we have been through?
    Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and sanctions?
    We have been to Hell and back – a Hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?
    I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, after we agreed to your request to internationalize the city.
    It was a deadly combination that did the job – British officers, Arab gunners, and American-made cannon.
    And then the savage sacking of the Old City – the wilful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps, even latrines.
    And you never said a word.
    You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war – a war they waged, incidentally, against the decision of the UN.
    Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionnaires in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls. Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift "to save the gallant Berliners". But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem.
    You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital – but not one peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem.
    And when that same thing happened 20 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything?
    The only time you came to life was when the city was at last re-united. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice" and the need for the "Christian" quality of turning the other cheek.
    The truth – and you know it deep inside your gut – is that you would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age-old prejudices seep out of every word.
    If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better re-examine your catechisms.
    After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness until we accept your saviour.
    For the first time since the year 70, there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem .
    For the first time since the Romans put a torch to the Temple, everyone has equal rights (you prefer to have some more equal than others.)
    We loathe the sword – but it was you who forced us to take it up.
    We crave peace, but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.
    We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving.
    We are redeeming the pledge made by our forefathers:
    Jerusalem is being rebuilt.
    "Next year" and the year after, and after, and after, until the end of time – "in Jerusalem "!

    Stanley Goldfoot,

  2. I hope Canada realizes what a waste of time and money the UN is today. I for one would form a new organization with only democratic nations that support Israel. Any country that doesn't back Israel doesn't support Freedom, so screw them. Let's get the countries that support Israel and form our Freedom Union. This whole anti-Israel, anti Jewish stance is much like BDS, a crock and a wholly backed Muslim backed concept. Just think what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot and Israel couldn't prevent the aggressors from killing the Jewish population of Israel like pretty well the whole Arab World wants. There would not be a Jew alive in Israel, NEVER AGAIN. God Bless Israel.

  3. It is unconscionable to send an Army without the explicit command to quash the enemy no holds barred.

    I would like to see those so called War crimes investigators and committees have their families on the front
    lines with rockets aimed at them and fired on a daily basis, how would they respond.

    An Army's mission and duty is to accomplish complete victory with no restrictions whatsoever.

    The use "disproportionate force" has no place in war. In fact, it has no place in any conflict.

    Thanks heavens that in WW II
    Allies British and American Air Forces, had no concerns about using "disproportionate force" to pound the Germans and Japanese to unconditional surrender, killing millions of civilians, leveling Dresden and other German cities in response to rocket attacks on London. The U.S. used 2 Atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki to reduce American casualties. If they the Allies did not bomb Germany to a pulp, Another 50 million people would of died in WW2 and what is left of the world would all be under German domination.

    It is immoral to send the IDF anywhere unless we're determined to win. To do whatever it takes to achieve total victory without limitation. War is hell.

    When an organization or people declare war against all the people of Israel.

    The only response is total commitment to quash the enemy without restraint. If someone comes to annihilate
    your family and you. It is you obligation and duty to respond and attack with everything you got. There is no such thing as a limited response, in life and death there is no tomorrow.

    The use "disproportionate force" is a fantasy. If your family was being attacked, you would fight back with everything you got.

    There is a quote that states "If someone comes to kill you, you should beat him to the punch and kill him first".

    YJ Draiman

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