November 27, 2012
Aid for Gaza - A View from the Ground
A touching account by a young IDF soldier serving with COGAT - Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - underscores what agenda-driven journalists miss in casting Israel as allegedly seeking to inflict deprivation on Gazans. Nira Lee helps assure truckloads of supplies enter Gaza - when the convoys aren't attacked by Hamas. She also sees up close the efforts to spare civilian casualties:
In my position, I see the surgical airstrikes, and spend many hours with the UN, ICRC, and NGO officers reviewing maps to help identify, and avoid, striking civilian sites. One of our pilots who saw a rocket aimed at Israel aborted his mission when he saw children nearby -- putting his own civilians at risk to save Gazans. At the end of the day, what these "disproportionate numbers" show is how we in Israel protect our children with elaborate shelters and missile defense systems, whereas the terror groups in Gaza hide behind theirs, using them as human shields in order to win a cynical media war.
Posted by AL at November 27, 2012 10:00 PM
Thanks for posting this. It is accurate and not simply a one time anecdote of how Israel continues to adopt it's tactics to prevent the very sorts of casualties Hamas seems to do everything to cause. It should be a war crime to stage missiles that are em placed to fire on Israel in these built up urban areas. It is proof Gaza is no where near being close to becoming even sort of a state like that being presented to the UN.
Posted by: jeb stuart at November 29, 2012 11:08 AM
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