Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The real damage Hamas has wrought on the Israelis
Very interesting, and sad article in the NY Times about public opinion in Israel about the latest violence in Gaza.
"Israelis deeply believe, rightly or wrongly, that their military works harder than most to spare civilians, holding their fire in many more cases than using it. Because Hamas booby-traps schools, apartment buildings and the zoo, and its fighters hide among civilians, it is Hamas that is viewed here as responsible for the civilian toll. Hamas is committed to Israel’s destruction and gets help and inspiration from Iran, so that what looks to the world like a disproportionate war of choice is seen by many here as an obligatory war for existence."
“Hamas has pushed Israeli thinking back 30 years,” he said. “It has killed the peace camp.”