No army takes such risks in order to protect civilians as the Israeli army does. I say this as a professional soldier. I say it because it’s true. And people who care about truth should know it.
Colonel Richard Kemp is a distinguished and highly decorated former soldier from Great Britain. He has experience in war zones from around the world, and he recently used that experience to explain why, in his view, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is the “world’s most moral army.”
Kemp goes on to explain why this is by comparing the IDF to their enemies, Hamas.
The IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping millions of leaflets, broadcasting radio messages, sending texts and making tens of thousands of phone calls. Let me repeat that. The Israelis called Gazans on their cell phones and told them to leave their residences and move to safety. Never in the history of warfare has an army phoned its enemy and told them where they are going to drop their bombs.
How does Hamas respond?
Hamas deliberately positioned its military assets among the civilian population, hiding weapons in schools and hospitals, and placing rocket launchers alongside apartment buildings, then forced those civilians to stay in areas they knew would be attacked. They also instructed their people to report the lie that every Gazan killed was a civilian, even if they were actually fighters.
And if there were no civilian deaths, Hamas made them up! Numerous Internet sites show Palestinians elaborately staging sniper victims and smashed ambulances, among other phony horrors. It’s so common there’s even a term for it — Pallywood, as in Palestinian Hollywood.
Ironically, it’s the leaders of Hamas themselves who best understand the extraordinary measures the IDF will take to protect innocent civilians. They take full advantage of Israel’s decency and adherence to the laws of war.
The evidence is clear, the facts are plain… while Israel may be the most demonized nation in the world and the IDF the most vilified military, the truth is quite different from the media reports. Israel and the IDF are forces for good and morality. They continually endeavor to save innocent life even when it means putting themselves at risk. They should be praised not disparaged.