Official: Palestinians to Prosecute Israel at ICC on June 25

Official: Palestinians to Prosecute Israel at ICC on June 25

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior diplomat announced on Wednesday that Palestinians are to submit two lawsuits against Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on June 25.

Nabil Abu Zneid, the Palestinian ambassador in the Netherlands, told “Voice of Palestine” radio that the two suits are related to the Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the Israeli war waged on the Gaza Strip last summers, Xinhua reported.

“Palestinian Foreign Minister Reyad el-Malki is to head a high-ranking Palestinian delegation that comprises rights groups, and will submit the two suits against Israel to the international court on June 25,” said Abu Zneid.

On April 1, the non-member observer state of Palestine became a member in the ICC and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“One month after submitting the two suits against Israel, a top ICC delegation will visit the Palestinian territories to probe the two suits,” Abu Zneid said, adding that “but we still don’t know how Israel will deal with their visit”.

The visit of a top ICC delegation in the Palestinian territories will be the first ever of such high-ranking delegation to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

“The ICC delegation will meet both Israeli and Palestinian sides,” said Abu Zneid, adding that “all of us are waiting how Israel will be reacting to the visit of the ICC delegation to the Palestinian territories”.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Palestinian man injured by Israeli drill remnants in Jordan Valley


A Palestinian young man was injured Tuesday due to an explosion of a bomb during extinction of fire caused by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in northern Jordan Valley in the morning.

Local official sources said that the 24-year-old man called Ali Kaabneh, from Wadi al-Maleh Bedouin neighborhood, was wounded by a bomb of the remnants of the IOF military drills in the area.

The young man was injured directly in the head and was transferred by an Israeli chopper to Afoleh Hospital, the sources added.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the official of Northern Jordan Valley Mutaz Bsharat said the IOF carried out, in the morning hours, military drills in the area which led to two fires that burnt 700 dunums of Palestinian lands.

In the same context, a third fire spread near Wadi al-Maleh and burned 2000 dunums of pastoral lands.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Syrian Coalition: Liberation of Al-Mastuam Another Blow to Assad Regime

The Syrian Coalition highly praises the rebels’ liberation of the Al-Mastumah army base and the surrounding towns in rural Idlib, stressing that this strategic victory is part of the series of defeats suffered by the Assad regime in the provinces of Hama and Idlib in the past few months.

Salem al-Meslet, Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition, praised the rebels’ unification of their efforts during the latest battles, saying that victory will be a natural and inevitable outcome of cooperation and unity. He adds that the echo of these victories will resonate in all parts of Syria.

“Scoring victory after victory, Syrian rebels have now imposed their will on the ground and have created a new political reality. These spectacular victories are undeniable proof that the liberation of Syria is inevitable and inescapable. They have also bolstered confidence in the revolution which aims to protect civilians, respect international and conventions and laws and to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people.”
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 20.05.2015)

Israel agenda wider war in Mideast: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with James Morris, editor of in Los Angeles, to discuss a recent remarks by the Israeli minister of military affairs, Moshe Ya’alon.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Some very strong words coming out of Tel Aviv. What justification could Moshe Ya’alon possibly give for making such threats of a nuclear attack?

Morris: There is no justification. It is just outright warmongering, threatening the use of Israel’s covert – well not so covert now – nuclear weapons program, which the US had actually even helped Israel build using nitrogen bombs and all that, according to the Declassified DOD Report that the Zionist US media would not even mention. Where I found out about it was here on Press TV.

Basically Moshe Ya’alon has a history of threatening neighboring countries. We saw that earlier this year when he had said that if Hezbollah retaliates against Israel for any kind of ongoing action in Syria or perhaps even a strike on Iran, he will basically unleash the full force of Israel’s military on innocent civilians in Lebanon. So it is no surprise when we see these warmongers out of Israel, threatening nuclear weapons. If you go back to the Israeli military historian, Martin van Creveld, he had even threatened European cities with nuclear attack. So that is not surprising at all. We know about the Israeli Samson Option as well – from Seymour Hersh’s book – the Samson Option, where Israel had threatened to take the world down with its nukes. So Israel is a rogue state. The US supports Israel because of the tremendous influence of the Israel lobby in America, which I have talked about on Press TV before; you can go to my blog for more on that and get to it by going to as well, and we are just seeing what looks to be the unfolding of a coming wider war in the Middle East, which is based on the Israeli Likudnik-Oded-Yinon strategy for Israel in the 1980s, and that is what we see unfolding in Iraq …

Press TV: The Iranian envoy also says that these types of remarks and the recent war on Gaza are all proof how little importance Tel Aviv puts on human life and how aggressive this regime really is. Your thoughts.

Morris: Well that is spot-on. I mean you look at the mindset behind Zionist donors here in America as well who are behind Israel a hundred percent like Sheldon Adelson – the casino magnate from Las Vegas. He is basically the one who is backing the Republican Party here and you see a lot of the warmongering coming out of the Republican Party here in America from candidates such as Lindsey Graham, who is in bed with Israel, and his sidekick John McCain, both neo-con mouthpieces who pander to Jewish donors like Sheldon Adelson … So it is very, very concerning like I said. What Moshe Ya’alon has said is basically in accord with the Zionist neo-con clean break agenda – you can Google that as well – and that calls for going into Lebanon against Hezbollah and then into Syria. And we know going back to the Israeli Oded-Yinon neo-con plan I just talked about, strategy for Israel in the 1980s, that that is what Israel has been doing in Syria.

We know on record that Israel supported the FSA by striking Syrian targets for the Syrian rebels. We know that they are aiding Syrian rebels. This whole agenda in the Middle East is a wider war for Israel, which the Israel lobby in the US is getting America to back as well. And whatever you say about President Obama, maybe he is a little bit better than what neo-con John McCain would have been, but President Obama was ready to strike Syria. If it was not for the British Parliament he would have. I think he wants a nuclear deal with Iran but what we all know that the Israel lobby in America including that neoconservatives … will push to derail that Iran deal by trying to get an additional round of sanctions through the mouthpieces like Senator Tom Cotton as well. So it is a very dangerous situation.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Israel’s bus segregation row shows high wire act facing Netanyahu

Caught between the Israeli right and the international community, the president is struggling to keep all his plates spinning

A woman disembarks a Palestinians-only bus before crossing through Israel’s Eyal checkpoint as she returns to the West Bank

The first crisis in the new rightwing government of Binyamin Netanyahu – over a discriminatory pilot scheme that would have seen some Palestinian workersbanned from using Israeli buses in the occupied West Bank – is deeply instructive.

Scotched by Netanyahu barely hours after it had been approved by defence minister Moshe Yaalon, amid an outcry from across the Israeli political spectrum that condemned the move as racist and smacking of apartheid, it has underscored the immense political challenges facing Israel’s prime minister.

At the head of a coalition with a majority of one in the Knesset, Netanyahu has found himself exactly where many expected him to be after having assembled a coalition heavily dominated by the pro-settler right: between a rock and a hard place.

Reliant on the support of Naftali Bennett’s ultra-nationalist Jewish Home, he has found himself, too, under sharp and increasing scrutiny by the international community including the US and EU. During elections in March, Netanyahu appealed directly to Bennett’s voters when he disavowed support for a two-state solution, a position he has since tried to row back on.

In any circumstances the events of Tuesday evening and Wednesday were bizarre in their timing.

Coinciding with the visit of the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, who had flown in to try to persuade the Palestinian Football Association to drop its efforts to have Israeli football banned from international competition for discrimination, it also preceded the visit of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini – who is under increasing pressure to formulate a tougher policy against Israel’s continued occupation and settlement-building.

While it is possible Netanyahu was not aware of the decision by his defence minister – one of his closest allies in cabinet, Moshe Yaalon – to press ahead with the controversial pilot scheme, that poses an equally awkward question: why not?

The explanation of Netanyahu’s own office has hardly helped shed light on what occurred – a series of events evoking more than a passing similarity to the political satire The Thick of It. “The proposals,” Netanyahu’s office told the Jerusalem Post without elaboration, were “unacceptable to the prime minister.”

What seems more than likely is that this will not be an isolated incident. For years Netanyahu has flourished on his own terms as the political equivalent of a plate spinner in an old-fashioned music hall act, supplying just enough momentum to avoid a crisis.

In the last year, however, that trick has seemed ever harder for him to pull off. Unhappy with what he thought was an unmanageable coalition last year, he has replaced it with a more tenuous one.

The reality, underscored by recent events, is that Netanyahu is confronting a potentially unsolvable problem.

On the one hand he cannot keep the pro-settlement lobby inside his government happy without increasing friction with an international community already deeply frustrated by the collapse of the Middle East peace process.

On the other, Netanyahu – under pressure from the US and the EU to show concrete signs that he is still committed to negotiations – has little room to move on them, surrounded in government as he is by those who oppose the creation of a Palestinian state.

If the bus-segregation row was one indicator of this increasingly precarious high-wire act, it has not been the only one in recent days.

As few have failed to notice, Silvan Shalom, the man Netanyahu has given responsibility for handling peace negotiations with the Palestinians, has been vocal in the past about his opposition to a Palestinian state.

And it is not only political figures from Israel’s left and centre that have been sounding warnings about the direction of the country under Netanyahu’s new coalition.

In Tuesday’s Haaretz, prefiguring the bus segregation row, former Likud minister Dan Meridor warned in sharp terms about his old party’s dangerous trajectory.

“In the past,” warned Meridor, “the Likud had always tried to strike a balance between nationalism and the pursuit of the Zionist dream, on the one hand, and liberalism, respect for democracy and the individual, on the other.”

“This balance, unfortunately, has been disturbed and I see the Likud becoming much more nationalistic and less attentive to its liberal side. Today, in the party, when you use words like democracy, human rights and rule of law, they immediately depict you as a leftist.”

For now all the plates are still spinning. But for how long?

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Minors in Israeli custody claim assaults during arrests, interrogation

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners Committee released Tuesday testimonies of minor Palestinian prisoners who say they were assaulted during detention and interrogation by Israeli forces.Lawyer of the committee Hiba Masalha, who visited minor prisoners in the Israeli Hasharon jail on Monday, said that prisoner Jamal al-Zaatari, 15, from the al-Tur town near Jerusalem was beaten and assaulted during his detention when Israeli forces raided his home two months ago.Al-Zaatari was blindfolded and handcuffed with plastic straps and was beaten on the head, prevented from drinking water for hours and verbally assaulted during interrogation in addition to being strip-search while being moved to the HaSharon jail.Additionally, 17-year-old Riyad Abu Taa from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood was detained four months ago from the Old City of Jerusalem. He was assaulted and beaten on the back by Israeli soldiers after being handcuffed and blindfolded and was beaten on the face during interrogation and strip searched before being taken to the HaSharon jail, Masalha reported.Prisoner Iyad Adawi, 17, from Nablus said he was assaulted by several Israeli soldiers when detained from near the Beit Furik checkpoint.Adawi added that an Israeli soldier deliberately cut Adawi’s hands with a knife when he was cutting off plastic straps that he was handcuffed with.Musab Hamdan, 17, from Hebron said that he was assaulted and beaten all over his body and on the face during his detention around a month ago.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

French UN resolution sets 18-month deadline for Israeli-Palestinian deal

The resolution will only be submitted after the June 30 Iran deal deadline; if no agreement is reached, France will recognize the Palestinian state, the report says.

A draft of the proposed French United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict was published by the French newspaper Le Figaro on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, the draft resolution, which is being promoted by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and their conclusion in a permanent agreement within 18 months.

If no agreement is reached in the allotted time, France will recognize the Palestinian state, according to Le Figaro.

The draft has been circulated by the French Foreign Ministry to the Arab League and UN Security Council members such as Britain and Spain.

Fabius set the relatively short deadline due to the ongoing deterioration of conditions in the West Bank. Another reason is the desire to complete the negotiations before the end of President Francois Hollande’s term in 2017.

The proposed French resolution will only be tabled after the June 30 deadline set for the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The intention is to bring it to a vote in the Security Council during the General Assembly session in New York in September.

It calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state “based on the June 4, 1967 lines, with mutually agreed and equal land swaps.”

It also calls for the positioning of Israel’s security requirements “at the center of the peace talks.”

According to the report, the French draft provides for the establishment a system that “guarantees the security of both Israel and the Palestinians, with effective oversight over borders, and prevents the reappearance of terror and the smuggling of munitions.”

The draft resolution also requires that security arrangements respect “the sovereignty of the demilitarized Palestinian state, including the complete, though phased, withdrawal of the Israeli army during a transitional stage, the length of which will be agreed between the parties.”

The French text includes a call for “a just solution, that is balanced and realistic regarding the Palestinian refugees,” emphasizing that it will have to be based on a mechanism to compensate the refugees.

It also establishes that Jerusalem will be the capital of both states, according to the report, In reference to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, it says that the agreement will embody “the principle of two states for two nations.”

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Iran severs ties with Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Flag of Iran

Iran has stopped its financial assistance for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Al-Quds newspaper reported on Tuesday. The severing of ties has led the group’s Secretary General, Ramadan Shalah, to leave Tehran, where he had been trying to sort out the problems with the government, and head for Beirut.

The government in Tehran has taken this step, said Gaza-based Islamic Jihad official Jamil Abdul-Nabi, because of the movement’s refusal to adopt a clear position in support of Iran’s involvement in Yemen. Despite its pro-Assad position, Islamic Jihad has asserted repeatedly that it is taking a neutral position regarding the Yemeni issue. Attempts by Hezbollah to mediate between Islamic Jihad and Tehran have failed, sources told the Palestinian newspaper.

According to Al-Quds, the Palestinian movement has been looking for new sponsors, without success. It is facing a severe financial crisis and has closed the head office of its main satellite TV channel, Palestine Today, and cut the number of employees in its office in Gaza. It has also dismissed dozens of employees in other locations and has not paid full salaries for the others for about four months.

The newspaper claimed that internal divisions within the movement are also responsible for the Iranian decision to end the funding. One of its senior officials in Gaza, Hisham Salem, has established a new group called “Al-Saberoon”, which is in full ideological and political agreement with Iran. Its members, apparently, get paid full salaries every month. Al-Qudssaid that it could not get any of the Islamic Jihad leaders to comment on this.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Yemeni tribes launch retaliatory attacks on Saudi border cities

The photo shows the site of a rocket attack in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia, May 6, 2015.

The photo shows the site of a rocket attack in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia, May 6, 2015

Yemeni tribal forces have launched a series of new attacks against two Saudi cities on the border in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

Latest media reports said several rockets targeted military positions in the border cities of Najran and Dhahran al-Janub on Wednesday.

The latest rocket attacks came hours after a Saudi soldier, identified as Hassan Someili, was reportedly killed during cross-border clashes with fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Jizan Region of southwest Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, local Yemeni media outlets have released footage of the latest tribal fighters’ retaliatory attacks on Saudi cities near the Yemeni border.

According to sources, the tribes fired at least 90 rockets and mortar rounds on Saudi military bases and installations located across the volatile region.

Some reports also say the Saudi troops suffered heavy casualties during the clashes. Unconfirmed reports say at least 11 Saudi soldiers were killed.

Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen started on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthis and to restore power to the fugitive former president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The latest retaliatory attack came after Saudi warplanes launched nine airstrikes on the Jabal Marran mountainous area and the districts of Malaheedh and Dhaher in Sa’ada Province in northern Yemen.

A Yemeni man in the capital, Sana’a, walks on May 18, 2015, amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes on a residential area the previous month

Elsewhere, Saudi warplanes bombarded areas in the southwestern province of Ibb. Five people were reportedly killed in the airstrikes.

The United Nations says since March 19, over 1,800 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict in Yemen, which was exacerbated by the Saudi airstrikes.

(Source / 20.05.2015)

Israel debates ethics of IDF during Gaza war

An Israeli soldier walks near his tank just outside the Israeli border with the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 23, 2014

Nongovernmental organization Breaking the Silence published a report on May 4 that included 60 some testimonies by officers and soldiers about alleged indiscriminate fire by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during Operation Protective Edge in July-August 2014. The publishing of the report instantly triggered a spontaneous protest by enlisted soldiers and reservists who wanted to present their version of the events. Posted to social networks, their testimonies gathered momentum and were linked by the hashtag #MyTruth.

In their rebuttals, the soldiers and officers contradicted the claims that civilians had been indiscriminately targeted during the operation.

Matan Katzman, who fought during the operation and now participates in the My Truth initiative, posted the following to his Facebook page: “By telling war stories, I don’t think of myself as some cool guy, a hero or a person that’s more moral than others. There are stories that are a thousand times more important. I’m also not looking for attention, nor do I need any. I’m doing this because I’m proud of my military and of the soldiers that fought shoulder-to-shoulder with me and of whose morality I am sure. I won’t allow a small minority to smear them anonymously.”

The Breaking the Silence report comes amid others that have been published in the wake of the operation. A January B’Tselem report and a February investigation by the Associated Press news agency also looked into the casualties in Gaza and the allegations that most of them were civilian. Whereas the B’Tselem report and the AP investigation were based on Palestinian accounts, the Breaking the Silence report, by contrast, is based on first-hand testimony by IDF soldiers and officers who took part in the fighting. This is why the report elicited so many charged reactions from those who took part in the fighting. They now seek to dispute the way the IDF was being portrayed, namely as a military that did not uphold high moral standards — “purity of arms” — and unnecessarily hurt civilians.

In the setting of an animated debate taking place in the Israeli media and social networks, many soldiers talk about situations in which they exercised extra caution to avoid hurting civilians. Events that seemed innocuous turned out to be actual deathtraps. There are, for example, accounts of an old man carrying explosives on his person or a house where civilians were hiding but the basement held a mortar stockpile. There’s also one about an ambulance that was driving suspiciously and when shots were fired at it, it turned out to be carrying a massive quantity of explosives.

Breaking the Silence activists, on the other hand, contend that the soldiers’ counterprotest is a welcome thing, because the testimonies from both sides of the spectrum have prompted a broad public debate in Israel about events during Operation Protective Edge and what can or cannot be done during war. The exchange has opened up a discussion on what constitutes crossing the line between a judicious defensive move and an overreaction that could be deemed a war crime. But mainly, the controversy has started a debate concerning Israel’s defense policy in relation to Gaza, one that has evolved over the years.

Yehuda Shaul, one of the co-founders of Breaking the Silence, told Al-Monitor that My Truth testimonies do not contradict the testimonies that were broadly featured in his organization’s report. According to him, they simply put emphasis on other things. According to him, his report does not set out against the soldiers who fought in Gaza but rather against the broad Israeli military doctrine that has taken hold since Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and culminated in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

“What has changed is the military’s mindset,” Shaul said. “Take, for example, the phrase that every soldier grows up with: ‘When in doubt, there’s no doubt.’ I served during the second intifada. Back then the phrase was, ‘If there is any doubt, if you are unsure of what the orders are or what the target is, you don’t pull the trigger.’ In Gaza, this phrase took on the opposite meaning: When in doubt, pull the trigger. The ethical code of conduct — the ‘purity of arms’ — has disappeared.”

Indeed, the doctrine that Shaul points out unquestionably puts IDF soldiers and officers fighting in a densely populated area into complex and practically impossible situations. The difficulty involves not only the type of fighting in dense urbanized settings but also the character of an Israeli society that is unable, and rightly so, to sustain losses on the ground. Fighting under such conditions is complicated and dangerous. To avoid casualties as much as possible, the IDF doctrine — when in doubt, have no doubt — has become the prevailing modus operandi in the territories, coupled with a second doctrine: deterrence.

“The second doctrine that has evolved is what we call the destruction of Dahieh [the Dahieh doctrine, named after the Beirut quarter that was decimated during the Second Lebanon War in 2006]. What it means is the disproportionate destruction of civilian infrastructure to generate deterrence,” Shaul said. “This has paved the way for the IDF conduct in Gaza, the results of which have been devastating. The ‘red lines’ of Operation Cast Lead were crossed in Operation Protective Edge, and the red lines of the last operation will be crossed in the next.”

During Operation Cast Lead, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert coined a catchphrase that became the underlying theme during the fighting: “The landlord has gone mad,” meaning, “All hell has broken loose on the adversary’s side.” The message instilled in the soldiers at that time by the IDF Gaza command was that the IDF had no other choice but to enter the Gaza Strip to teach Hamas a lesson for its many years of firing mortar shells at Israel. But as it turned out, the deterrence was ineffective and two military operations have already been launched since Operation Cast Lead. Each time a higher and more powerful level of deterrence was called for, and the results were accordingly.

“Look at the IDF’s previous operations. In Operation Summer Rains, some 500 Palestinians were killed. In Operation Hot Winter, there were about 100 fatalities. And suddenly there’s Operation Cast Lead, and we’re talking about several hundreds. Then comes Operation Protective Edge, and the numbers are rising. Ten thousand homes were destroyed during Cast Lead and the number spiked to 18,000 during Protective Edge,” he said. “The ‘red lines’ of Cast Lead were crossed during Protective Edge, and the lines of the last operation will be crossed in the next operation. The discussion between Breaking the Silence activists and My Truth soldiers is not about the way, but about the system. And that’s why one of the things we’re trying to say is that the problem is not the conduct of the soldiers on the ground but rather the doctrine and procedures guiding the individual soldier when sent to fight.”

Enlisted IDF soldiers and reservists are engaged in a legitimate debate, grappling with complex issues of morality, ethics and the “purity of arms.” These issues are compounded by genuine doubts and qualms over being required to fight in densely populated areas.

In view of the stream of testimonies relating to civilian casualties during the operation, the office of the Judge Advocate General set up a “top-echelon fact-finding mechanism” to review incidents that the IDF defined as events in which civilians uninvolved in the fighting were killed unexpectedly and in large numbers. Other incidents that have come under review are those in which medical and UN facilities were damaged.

Out of some 100 submissions that reached this fact-finding body, Judge Advocate General Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni has ordered a military police investigation into 13 cases. Only one event has so far led to an arraignment against three soldiers who allegedly stole money from a Palestinian home in Shajaiyah.

Amid the many testimonies that the Israeli public has heard over the past week, the one that stands out the most is by Capt. Oren from My Truth. It encapsulates the great complexity of IDF fighting in Gaza.

Responding to allegations about uncontrolled and disproportionate fire used in Gaza, Oren said, “Almost every shot had to be authorized by me, and if not by me, then by some other authorizing officer. Every incursion into the area took place after we informed [civilians] to leave. We dropped flyers from the air, made phone calls, you name it. Now you show me another example from history of any other military in the world that informs the enemy where it plans to operate and what it needs to do.”

Indeed, Oren’s testimony joins another claim made by My Truth soldiers against Breaking the Silence activists. The publication of the detailed report in English and its wide dissemination, they argue, provides pro-Palestinian organizations with a “propaganda weapon” against the IDF, especially at a time when there is mounting international pressure on Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is gaining traction.

Breaking the Silence rejects this allegation, explaining that the testimonies are designed to raise awareness in the Israeli public about the IDF’s modus operandi in Gaza in general and particularly about Israel’s policy in the territories.

The public debate among soldiers and reservists who took part in the fighting in Gaza deserves kudos for the openness of Israeli society, which, despite its fundamental differences of opinion, especially over security issues, conducts a critical evaluation of its moral standards and values. Very few other militaries in the world, if any, do this so openly and freely.

(Source / 20.05.2015)