A discussion among Israeli veterans of the past winter’s military campaign against Gaza has become public, embarrassing the Israeli military and the politicians who launched that attack, which killed many more innocent civilians than it did Hamas militants, and which wrought enormous damage on Gaza’s already dilapidated civilian infrastructure. The Israeli soldiers complained of their inability to stop war crimes such as the arbitrary killing of unarmed civilians. They spoke of deliberate vandalism and destruction of property, including just tossing household effects of Gazan homes out the window.
The BBC adds,
‘The soldiers’ testimonies also reportedly told of an unusually high intervention by military and non-military rabbis, who circulated pamphlets describing the war in religious terminology.’
There was a general feeling, the soldiers reported, that Palestinian lives counted for little.
Aljazeera English also interviews Gazan families who corroborate what the Israeli soldiers divulged.
M. J. Rosenberg has more, including a round-up of news about the ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel.
See also Richard Silverstein.
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