Yesterday on CNN I watched an interview with Aaron David Miller. Miller worked for the U.S. Department of State from 1978-2003 and was an adviser on Arab-Israeli relations under 6 different Secretaries of State. He made a statement that I believe to be the most accurate assessment of what Israel is doing in Gaza and what can be used as an honest response to anyone who accuses Israel of brutality in the ongoing Operation.
He said the following, and I paraphrase: “Israel, without question, is not attempting to cause civilian casualties. However, Israel is conducting this operation with a specific set of objectives, and their priority is not concern for Palestinian civilians, it is to accomplish these objectives.”
I believe this to be a fair assessment. I will however elaborate on it somewhat. Israel’s objectives are to wipe out a terrorist organization guilty of killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, protect Israel’s civilians in the future, and to restore a peaceful life for all Israelis. These objectives must be met, for if they are not, a lot more children will be killed in the future, and many of them will be Jewish. It shows the moral right Israel has to carry out this mission, despite the tragic consequences we see today.
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