It's official. It's on the record. The words have been spoken out
loud. Israel, according to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United
Nations, is using "excessive and disproportionate" force in Gaza.
Now the Security Council knows it. Now the world knows it.
After years of being pounded by missiles and rockets from Gaza,
after weeks of escalating Hamas instigated and led attacks, Israel
chose to respond. And in turn, the world has responded by condemning
"While recognizing Israel's right to defend itself," said the
Secretary General "I condemn the disproportionate and excessive use of
force that has killed and injured so many civilians, including
What did Israel do? Did Israel raze a village, bomb an orphanage,
massacre an entire village? No. Israel officiated a counterattack,
striking at those terrorists who are targeting Israeli cities and
citizens with Qassam rockets and with missiles.
"I call on Israel to cease such attacks" said the Secretary General
with the European Union saying almost exactly the same thing, using
almost the same language. Well what would Ban Ki-Moon and European
leaders have Israel do? What would be an acceptable, proportionate
response? Let me offer some suggestions. Perhaps, Israel should:
* day after day, for the next few years, indiscriminately lob rocks into residential areas
* sponsor civilians to build and shoot crude and inaccurate rockets into Gaza
* preach hatred, teach about destruction and dream of annihilating the entire Palestinian population
* reprint textbooks eliminating the Palestinian Authority from maps
Would that change the thinking of those who are now condemning
Israel? Would those be less excessive and proportionate responses? I
don't think so.
Israel has initiated a series of surgical aerial operations and
ground strikes. There might even be plans for a ground invasion. The
purpose of these strikes is to assess the value of an invasion. The
purpose is to hurt Hamas command and destroy Hamas resources. And in
all that, Israel has been successful. And because Israel has been
successful, Israel is being condemned.
Condemned for using excessive force. Condemned for using
disproportional force. And this condemnation of Israel comes from the
same man who, until now, has been pretty clear about condemning the
Palestinians for their relentless Qassam rocket attacks into Israel.
And the Secretary General is still condemning them. He is still saying:
"I condemn Palestinian rocket attacks and call for the immediate
cessation of such acts of terrorism."
And Israel is taking this all very seriously.
Israeli Defense Minister Barak, a former Prime Minister and a former
Chief of Staff, has officially asked Israeli Justice Minister Daniel
Freidman to examine international law on the issue of targeting
terrorists who attack from within civilian populations. Barak wants to
determine Israel's right and Israel's position on hitting Hamas
terrorists. The defense minister wants to know how to respond to the
world as they vilify Israel for finally initiating what is a low grade
response to the daily blows raining down on them from Gaza.
And defense minister Barak wants to reassure Israeli soldiers that
the counter attack they are now engaged in, the operation that has
already cost the lives of Israeli soldiers is just, is fair, is
appropriate and is essential.
There are people around the world who hate Israel and who will do
anything to vilify Israel. There are people who are cheering after
hearing about the UN condemnation of Israel. There are people,
including Jews, who cannot accept Israel in any role other than victim.
These are the people who fall prey to the Palestinian public relations
campaign that paints Israel as the big, bad Goliath of modern history.
But instead of five smooth stones, in this version the wronged and
smaller Daoud slings rockets and missiles.
If anything, Israel can be blamed for exercising too much restraint.
Maybe it was that restraint that brought about the current situation.
Maybe Israel should have responded sooner and responded more
vigorously. Maybe Sderot would be safe and Israel would not be
criticized in today's news. But that is a historical, not a military
Say what they want, if Israel was not using restraint in their response to Hamas many more Palestinians would be dead.