Israel’s 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, and decimated critical civilian infrastructure in the besieged enclave. Despite the numbers, Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that Israel took “very significant steps” to avoid civilian casualties.
Blinken made the comments in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 that aired on Wednesday. “I think Israel took very significant steps to do that,” he said when asked if Israel did everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.
In one Israeli air raid, bombs hit a residential building in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, killing 10 people; two women and eight children. Another example of the brutality of Israel’s latest bombing campaign is that the Norwegian Refugee Council said 11 Palestinian children receiving trauma counseling from the charity were killed by Israeli airstrikes while sheltering in their homes.
Blinken said that the killing of children on “both sides” is “deeply painful,” but the Biden administration has refused to condemn the Israeli killing of Palestinian children. On the other hand, Biden officials have had plenty of condemnation for Hamas and other groups for firing rockets into Israeli territory. In Israel, at least 12 people were killed by rockets fired out of Gaza, including two children.
On Wednesday, Blinken wrapped up a two-day tour of the Middle East where he spoke with Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, and Jordanian officials about the fragile Gaza ceasefire. “We see the ceasefire, not as an end, but as a beginning, something to build on,” Blinken said from Amman.
During his trip, Blinken announced additional aid for the Palestinians, including $5.5 million for Gaza reconstruction. Shortly before approving this assistance, the Biden administration approved a $735 million arms sale to Israel. The weapons package includes Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which can convert unguided bombs into precision-guided munitions.
23 thoughts on “Blinken Says Israel Took ‘Significant Steps’ to Avoid Killing Civilians in Gaza”
Blinken, supposedly a US public servant, removes all doubt that he was a mouthpiece for the Israeli apartheid. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”–George Orwell’s 1984.
If your neighbors want to kill you, then apartheid is good.
If your neighbors want to kill you, you are in the wrong neighborhood.
So you go on to the next place and its the same old excrement,so after a period of time you get tired of running, grab a piece for yourself, and fight for it.
That’s been the m.o. ever since the Israelites set out to genocide the Canaanites upon arriving in occupied territory.
You’ll be fighting till the end of time with that approach and, in the process, turn yourself into a monster.
Peace is best, but it is better to fight and keep alive.It is better to be alive and hated than dead and pitied.
The Zionazi monster aka the chosen ones
Chosen by the Black Hundreds and the Coughlinites. your just upset because these ones fight back.
You forgot the Lindberghites
That’s why they want to kill you. DA
Killing of Jews just for being Jews was a commonplace event for two thousand years before the Zionist movement. you are just resentful because there are less easy pickens now.
Apartheid is never good.
And it’s far worse than considering just why it might be that some of your neighbors want to kill you, why those reasons seem to make sense to a lot of the other neighbors who would, ceteris paribus, probably just prefer getting on with their lives in piece, and fixing at least some of the problems so that some of the ones who do want to kill you stop wanting to kill you, and the rest stop enjoying the support — active or passive — of the greater population.
One good start would be to cease stealing other people’s homes and giving them to squatters.
lives in piece
Yes, SOME of your neighbors will be OK-some won’t.When settlers came at the turn of the 20th century and lived on purchased land, they had to endure bandit attacks. Oh, and by the way 1920’s race riots and 1929 Hebron massacre. Oh, and by the way, Dhimitude and the 1945 Iraqi race riots.
Where weren’t there “bandit” attacks or riots in practically any country at some time or another?
Well said! It is actually remarkable that a pro-war advocate is trolling antiwar advocates in this space. They think they can convert us to accept killing people based on their religion or race? They would have better luck selling ice to an Eskimo.
That’s what Israel is doing to most of their neighbors, killing them.
Then, as a few Israeli leaders have said, shed the “Western-style democracy” label, because an apartheid regime isn’t a democracy.
Seems quite the opposite…. to me
The high Palestinian body counts are ALWAYS the goal to do to the Palestinians what the U.S. did to its indigenous Indian populations and what the Third Reich did to the Jews. Perhas even encouraging Modi to inflict such on Kashmiri Muslims too. Looks as if it’s being fought, even if not depicted as such, as a religious war to me…
“During his trip, Blinken announced additional aid for the Palestinians, including $5.5 million for Gaza reconstruction.”
$3.8 billion for toys to destroy Gaza and then $5.5 million to fix the damage done by those toys. We have to be the biggest suckers on the planet. Not sure if the additional $735 million is part of the 3.8 billion but either way, still suckers.
How is it done? , first you agitate, then you abuse, then when you get a reaction you accuse. Then you start killing those you feel are not worthy of living any longer and follow up with a media blitz to put us all asleep, with the support of the US government of course.
Israel, Palestine, and offshore natural gas deposits.
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