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October 12, 2009

Netanyahu: War Crimes Trials For Israelis Over Gaza? Let Me Think About That For A Minute

In a speech to Parliament, Israel's PM says not just no but hell no.

Netanyahu's fiery rhetoric — and his decision to open the high-profile speech with remarks on the report — reflected the deep distress felt among Israeli leaders after a U.N. commission accused Israel of intentionally harming civilians when it launched a massive attack in Gaza to stop years of rocket fire.

"This distorted report, written by this distorted committee, undermines Israel's right to defend itself. This report encourages terrorism and threatens peace," Netanyahu said in his address at the opening of parliament's winter session. "Israel will not take risks for peace if it can't defend itself."

The U.N. report in question makes all the same claims we heard ad nauseam, Israel used "disproportionate force, deliberately targeting civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure, and using people as human shields (really?)." It also accused Hamas of "deliberately targeting civilians and trying to spread terror through its rocket attacks, parking in the white zone without a permit, and turning in library books late".

Remember prior to Israel engaging militarily to defend themselves, rocket and mortar attacks were launched as many at 200 times a day. On civilians. After Israel asserted its right to defend itself, the count dropped to 20 per day.

Critics love the "disproportionate force" argument, because they believe "unfairness" is an argument, but what they really mean by it is any force that actually works is too much.

I do not think Benjamin Netanyahu agrees with the "just shut up and take it" sentiment.


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posted by Dave In Texas at 08:54 PM

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