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The Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead, the Israel military response to the Hamas missile attacks on Israel, will soon be presented to the United Nations Security Council. This amazingly one sided report vilified Israel for war crimes against civilians in their prosecution of the Gaza war. Many analysts see the report as a stunning miscarriage of justice that violated the canons of corroborative evidence. Recently Professor Alan Derschowitz, professor of law at Harvard, wrote a scathing critique of Goldstone. Arab Muslims are notorious for lying to the infidels. The claim that Israel deliberately targeted schools, factories and hospitals, when no military action was initiated against them, is belied by Israeli films. That some shells fell where they were not directed is to be expected. Israel took unprecedented steps to avoid civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers to warn civilians of attacks. But in asymmetric warfare, terrorists intentionally wage war from civilian homes, factories, schools and hospitals, hoping to score a propaganda victory when Israel responds. Perhaps hundreds of civilians died who were not directly engaged in the hostilities. Hamas is mostly to blame.
Israel continues to be blamed for the blockade of Gaza although she allows many tons of humanitarian and other supplies to reach Gaza. Egypt also blockades Gaza. She fears Hamas as a terrorist organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet there is hardly a word of criticism of the Egyptian side of the blockade. Israel would be very glad to see Gaza simply become a Palestinian province of Egypt, but Egypt does not want Gaza Palestinians as citizens, though Egypt controlled Gaza from 1948-1967.
Why do the Nations Rage?
The nations rage against Israel. Today this is mostly on the political left in Western nations and, of course, most of the Muslim nations. She is accused of humanitarian crimes by regimes that are the most oppressive and violent Muslim regimes in the world! She is accused of occupying Palestinian land where there was never a Palestinian state. She would be glad to give up the West Bank as long as the borders and security arrangements were good, but this is not an allowable position for negotiation by the Palestinians. After two intifadas and war in both Lebanon and Gaza, started by the Arab Muslims, some few thousand Palestinians have died. The world blames Israel ...
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