Counterpoint: Ron Lunski Defends Israeli Conduct During “Operation Cast Lead” Invasion of Gaza
Ron Lunski rebuts our December 27 post, ‘On This Day’ 2008: Israel Launches Brutal “Operation Cast Lead” Invasion of Gaza:
Your report makes no mention of two very important facts.
First, it is well known that Hamas militants intentionally used children and civilians as human shields while firing rockets at Israel. There were even confirmed reports that rockets were fired from schools. When Hamas is so cowardly as to fire at Israel while hoping that Israel won’t strike back because it is intentionally surrounded itself with civilians we know they have no value for any human life, including the lives of the Palestinians.
Second, the so called “democratically elected” Hamas government is so corrupt that they have brought much of the suffering upon the people in Gaza. They have stolen much of the foreign aid that comes into Gaza and used it to line their own pockets and purchase more weapons rather than feeding the people and building their infrastructure. Furthermore, Hamas’ stated goal of the destruction of the entire State of Israel, and its ongoing efforts to accomplish this goal by firing rockets at Israel, only invites further retalition from a country who is trying to defend itself.
Your article also makes it sound as if it was Israeli policy to use children as human shields, when in fact it is forbidden and the very few soldiers who did do that were prosecuted.
While telling the horrific personal stories of some of the victims pulls our heartstrings, nothing in this post changes the fact that the primary reason for Palestinian suffering is their own corrupt government that is hellbent on the destruction of Israel. No country or nation on earth would ever just sit back and allow bombs to be fired on it continuously without reprisal. Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas and they should do whatever is necessary to defend its people. The only solution to this problem is a negotiated settlement that recognizes Israel’s right to exist!
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