In the face of criticism officials from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are defending the tactics they used in the 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza that killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 67 children.
In comments to Newsweek, an unnamed IDF official hailed the slaughter as a “phenomenal” success and said the US and other Western countries should learn from the campaign. “They should be sending their militaries to us to see and learn,” the official said.
The official said the criticism Israel is facing because of the deliberate targeting of civilian homes and infrastructure is unfair. “Not only should the IDF not be criticized for its choice of targets, and procedures and techniques, the IDF should actually be commended by these people,” the official said.
The IDF official shifted blame for civilian casualties to Hamas. “If they really care about civilians and the protection of civilians, they should be criticizing Hamas,” the official said.
While rockets were fired out of Gaza indiscriminately, the death toll in Israel was substantially lower, as the weapons Hamas and other groups have are crude compared to the US-funded IDF. Throughout the 11-day campaign, 12 people were killed in Israel by rockets fired out of Gaza, including two children.
The US stood by its ally Israel during the onslaught and has refused to condemn the Israeli killing of Palestinian children. The Israelis are expected to ask the US for an additional $1 billion in “emergency” military aid, on top of the $3.8 billion Washington provides annually.