The bloody irony of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, and all of its predecessors, is that Palestinian terror groups kill more Palestinians than the Israeli Defense Force does. For that matter, Hamas kills more Palestinians than Israelis. It’s reminiscent of the grim old joke that the Eastern Front of World War 2 was a contest between Hitler and Stalin to see who could kill more Russians.
Besides all the Hamas rockets falling back into the Gaza Strip and wiping out Palestinian civilians, you’ve got the civilians drafted into service as human shields by terrorist forces. On Tuesday, the IDF caught another senior Hamas operative, Muhammed Shamalah, disguising himself as a journalist. He didn’t put a lot of work into it – he just painted “TV” on the hood of his car. The IDF was not impressed, and targeted him with an air strike. This comes after four Islamic Jihad honchos tried hiding out in a media building. That didn’t work, either. The Israelis expressed concern that this tactic would endanger the lives of legitimate journalists working in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF has already made strenuous efforts to warn Palestinian civilians to steer clear of Hamas operatives. They went as far as dropping leaflets over the Gaza Strip, advising civilians to evacuate residences in targeted areas, and giving them evacuation instructions. A spokesman for the Hamas Interior Ministry scoffed that these flyers were just “psychological warfare” propaganda, and advised Palestinian civilians to ignore them. A word of advice to Palestinians: taking these jokers seriously is almost as dangerous as standing next to them when the laser dots appear on their chests.
The Israelis prepared a video presentation outlining the steps they take to minimize civilian casualties:
Funny, I don’t see any videos from Hamas explaining how they strive to minimize collateral damage, within or without the territory they control.
But if Palestinians manage to survive the inept rocketry and cowardly human-shield tactics of their degenerate government, they stand a pretty good chance of getting executed as Israeli “spies.” From the UK Daily Mail:
Six men accused of being ‘Israeli spies’ were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion.
Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes.
The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned by Hamas security officials about who provided the ‘human intelligence’ necessary to pinpoint targets for ‘precision’ attacks that have 118 Palestinians – half civilians, including women and children, dead – in seven days of military operations.
The “evidence” of their “guilt” included caching them “red-handed with high-tech equipment and filming equipment to take footage of positions,” according to the Hamas radio station. There are photos of a “traitor” getting dragged through the street behind a squadron of motorcycles:
The AFP news service says the gunmen pinned notes to the bodies of the dead, reading “Al-Qassam Brigades announces the execution of the traitors.” The slain men were accused of “contributing to the martyrdom of many fighters by reporting their position.”
Back in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama visited Sderot, Israel, and responded to a question about the possibility of Israeli negotiations with Hamas by musing, “I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens. The first job of any nation-state is to protect its citizens.” He was talking about Israel’s right to defend itself against terror attacks, but what he said is applicable to Hamas, too. If the first job of a nation-state is to protect its citizens, it follows that a government with very little interest in protecting the lives of its citizens is not a legitimate, functional state. But that’s what we must pretend the Palestinian government is, in order to ask Israel to negotiate with them as equals. It’s a bloody farce… and the Palestinian people won’t have much of a future, for as long as they continue to indulge it.