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In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:
The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].
Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.
The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:
(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it
Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:
The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).
It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.
The truth is often far from pretty Comrades
Pat is clear, lucid and absolutely right here, as I have said many times when faced with an enemy who will not compromise you have two choices, kill them all or surrender, as the latter is not an option then what can you do but try to kill those enemies?
Once again we see the spectacle of the of the Palestinians crying poor poor pitiful us because Israel has quite rightly lost all patience with their constant provocation in firing missiles into Israel. Once again we see them deliberately using the bodies of their own children as disposable shields so that they can claim that Israel is monstrous for defending their right not have missiles fired constantly at them from Gaza. Once again we have the usual suspects in the media making much of the death toll in Gaza without even considering that the culpability lays entirely with the constant provocation from Hamas and its affiliates. As I have often said in another context ” if you keep poking a sleeping lion with a sharp stick don’t be surprised if he turns around and eats you or your children” Sadly it suits the religious zealots who lead Hamas to have the reality of their own dead and maimed children front and centre in the world’s media because then they can claim to be victims and their own part in the suffering of the people of Gaza can be ignored. After all when you believe that the next life is more important than this one then what does it matter if a few children are sent into the paradise of martyrs? But I can’t help thinking that when these young martyrs come to enjoy their virgins that their heaven will be more of akin to a paedophile’s dream time than anything else.
- Israel Broadens Its Bombing in Gaza to Include Government Sites (nytimes.com)
- Israel attacks Hamas media operations in Gaza (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Israel shells Gaza from the sea (bbc.co.uk)
- Israeli tanks are ready for ground invasion of Gaza (independent.ie)
- Israel shells Gaza for fifth straight day (radionz.co.nz)
- Hamas Gives Egypt Conditions for Cease-Fire With Israel (news.antiwar.com)
I just have to ask the question: what person with any morality can support an organisation that now claims that children are legitimate targets in a time of war?
HAMAS leader Mahmoud Zahar has warned that Jewish children are now legitimate targets, in a bloodcurdling precursor to tanks rolling into the Islamic militant stronghold of Khan Younis yesterday.
Zahar’s threat of retaliation, in his first comments since the Israeli campaign began 11 days ago, came before tanks, firing cannons and machineguns and supported by helicopter gunships, moved into the city in the southern Gaza Strip.
It is a terrible and regrettable thing that any children should be killed in a war but to deliberately set out to do just that is a war crime and anyone supporting Hamas is just as guilty as they are.I look forward to the left finding excuses for this utterly despicable move from Hamas, I’m sure I won’t have to wait for very long.
Ever since Hamas seized power in the Gaza strip they have been poking Israel with continued rocket fire from within the strip, even their recently expired “truce” did not halt the rockets. They have been poking the bear next door with great persistence, and now it has turned and bitten then very hard indeed.
ISRAEL’S air force has fired about 30 missiles at targets in the Gaza Strip, destroying Hamas police compounds and killing at least 140 people.
Television footage showed dead bodies scattered on a road and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings.
The dead include 120 in Gaza City and another 23 in Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.
Hamas police spokesman Islam Shahwan told Hamas radio a police compound in Gaza City had been hosting a graduation ceremony for new personnel when it was attacked.
A Reuters correspondent said Gaza City port and security installations of the Islamist Hamas group were badly damaged. Thick black smoke billowed over the city.
More detail here
You have to hand it to Israel though, attacking Police# graduation ceremonies is a very effective way of degrading Hamas’ capabilities without there being too greater potential for civilian causalities. Hamas want war and in war government and military targets are entirely legitimate. I fully expect that my anti-Semitic** friends from the left will be having coniptions right about now trying to find new ways to damn Israel, but As far as I’m concerned Israel deserves to be congratulated for an effective blow against the evil that is Hamas.
#It is sadly ironic that the Hamas in particular and the Palestinians in general insist on calling their armed forces “police”.
**They will, of course insist that they are “anti Zionist” and NOT Anti-Semitic but who believes that? 🙄
THE joy felt by ordinary Gazans at breaking Israel’s siege this week could prove short-lived as renewed Israeli fuel cuts threaten to black out much of the strip again.
Aid groups warn that the fresh influx of supplies being carried back from Egypt by tens of thousands of shoppers, on foot and in donkey carts, cannot compensate for the hundreds of tonnes of food, goods and, above all, fuel needed to preserve the basic fabric of life in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Apparently angered by the success of Hamas militants in forcing open the Gaza Strip’s southern border on Wednesday, Israel has again restricted fuel oil for the enclave’s only power plant, threatening much of Gaza City with crippling power cuts. These, in turn, could shut down hospitals and vital services whose emergency generators are desperately short of diesel oil.
To my friends from the far left the sight of the Palestinians knocking down the border wall between Gaza and Egypt is just as heroic as the fall of the wall in Berlin. I think that this stunt by Hamas may well prove to be a less than positive in the long run if the result is a substantial rearming of the rocket and mortar makers.
The situation in Gaza is a sad example of just how the Islamists from Hamas exploit the public image of Palestinian suffering and how they use that as a front to cover their own military actions against Israeli civilians. However if there is a major upsurge in the rocket attacks or suicide bombings in Israel I can’t see the restraint shown by the IDF continuing I wonder if the Israelis have considered driving all of the Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt?
The problem when it comes to the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel is that both sides have claims upon the same real estate that have very long historical pedigrees. Personally I think that I Israeli pedigree is more substantial that the one claimed by the Palestinians. However given that neither side is willing to cede their claims it really comes down to who can exclude the other from the land they claim. By constantly provoking Israel with the militarily pointless rocket attacks Hamas have sought to create an environment of crisis that their ideology needs to survive Hamas risks the people of Gaza being subject to a military response that could destroy what little they have and that would make the privations of Israel’s blockade seem like luxury living.
The only long term solution to the suffering of Gaza is a negotiated settlement…
Sadly not likely Comrades
A waste treatment pool in the Gaza Strip. (Ruth Fremson for The New York Times)
The lagoon tragedy seemed a sort of metaphor for Gaza – overcrowded, dependent, coping with makeshift answers to long-term problems. But the lagoon, which held 120,000 cubic meters, or 4.2 million cubic feet, is dwarfed by the huge lake of sewage it was built to reduce.
That lake, itself the overflow from a 30-year-old plant, now contains some 3 million cubic meters of water and human waste, covering about 40 hectares, or 100 acres, and it is again creeping close to the danger point. Its sand embankment was reinforced this summer and two more outlet ponds have been dug in the sand. But more waste enters daily than is discharged, the lake is only about two meters below the embankment, and the winter rains are coming.
And yet the project to fix the problem is stalled by politics and conflict. Israel has declared Gaza “hostile territory” and is sharply limiting goods allowed to be brought in to the territory. The restrictions cover many ordinary items not considered essential to human life.
But they also cover any materials – from metal pipes to welding machines to the wire used to refurbish electric motors – that Israel has decided could have a secondary use by the Hamas administration and the Palestinian gunmen who are firing rockets across the border into Israel.
Israel, with the obligation to protect its citizens, is trying to pressure Hamas both militarily and economically. It says it will now reduce supplies of diesel fuel, gasoline and even electrical power in response to the rocket barrages.
I seem to recall that I wrote about the last time that Palestinians were drowned in their own shit when the last dam broke . Opining at the time that it was poetic justice of a sort and it seems to me that they are reaping the folly of not learning from their own history ,yet again.
As a much younger man I saw several intractable conflicts in the world, the IRA were setting off bombs in my own native England and the PLO were hijacking planes and murdering Israeli athletes. The IRA are now largely a memory but The Palestinians are still dreaming of driving every Jew into the Mediterranean sea. This story is meant to suggest that the “wicked Jews” are collectively punishing those” poor Palestinians”. Frankly for the Hamas supporters in the Gaza the situation they face is one of their own making, Had they been willing to move on and cease firing rockets and mortars from the Gaza then they would not be facing the blockades that they do now. I will be sad if more Palestinians are killed if there is another dam collapse, but the people of Gaza will be reaping what they have sown.