Israel Can't Be Held Back by Hamas' Cynicism

(New York Times) Amos N. Guiora - While the loss of innocent life is always tragic, aggressive self-defense is the essence of operational counterterrorism. Israel has the right to protect its innocent civilians while making every reasonable effort not to harm innocent Palestinians deliberately endangered by Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces undertook a sophisticated early warning system; in many cases, Hamas encouraged the civilian population to act as human shields. Israelis need not pay the price for Hamas' unconscionable decisions. The writer, a professor at the College of Law, University of Utah, was a judge advocate general in the Israel Defense Forces.

2014-07-23 00:00:00

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