US study: IDF didn't violate laws of war

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    WASHINGTON – Israel did not violate the laws of war during its recent Gaza operation, a new US study says, while praising the IDF's "impressive improvements" since the war against Hizbullah in 2006.



    Israel "deliberately used decisive force to enhance regional deterrence and demonstrate that it had restored its military edge," wrote Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "These, however, are legitimate military objectives in spite of their very real humanitarian costs."

    The study notes that "political efforts to manipulate the laws of war and humanitarian considerations have become a key weapon in asymmetric warfare, and are often used as a basis for propaganda and gaining political leverage in this type of conflict."



    "Real suffering is translated into exaggerated charges and numbers that cannot be validated by reliable data or methodology," the study says. "In practice, even if Israel had agreed to all of the conventions involved, they are severely limited and often difficult or impossible to apply to the realities of war — even one fought with restraint and a focus on military targets."



    'Noting new about such tactics'
    Cordesman notes that "Some buildings like schools merit special consideration, but only require review to determine whether they are really military targets. Hospitals require warning but are not protected if used by an enemy."



    "White phosphorous can be used against military but not civilian targets," he adds, noting that "such laws and conventions do not bind or restrain non-state actors like Hamas in any meaningful way."

    "The end result is a situation where one side can potentially be limited by international law where the other is not, and that effectively makes international law a potential weapon for the side that rejects and exploits it," the study says. "It is also a situation that empowers and incentivizes extremists to use civilians as the equivalent of human shields by embedding their forces in civilian populations and areas, and using sensitive buildings like mosques and schools or collocating near them. There is nothing new about such tactics."


    US study: IDF didn't violate laws of war - Israel News, Ynetnews
     
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    As if a racist dictatorship had any "right" to wage war against the natives of the land it keeps herded in ethnic enclaves.

    As if its only "right" were not the right to be peacefully dismantled and replaced by civic states.

    The moral depravity displayed by 99% of this Board is quite simply beyond belief.

    I have seen whores out on the streets that have more compassion and sense of decency than you. You all make me puke.
     
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    The CSIS Middle East Program covers all aspects of U.S. policy toward the region, concentrating especially on identifying new voices, framing emerging challenges, and developing opportunities for positive change in the Middle East. To the greatest degree possible, we seek to be "opportunity driven" rather than "threat driven."

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    In addition, the Middle East Program pursues an active, "traditional" think tank agenda of concentrating on key states (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran) and key conflicts (Arab-Israeli, U.S.-Iranian, U.S.-Iraqi), holding periodic meetings and seminars, appearing on leading national and international news outlets, and publishing in both the academic and popular press.



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    Hey, GUY, why don't you tell us what kind of an expert on race relations Niggermania.com is next!

    good grief.


    "new US study" my ass. We know what kind of "opportunities" you are looking to validate.
     
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    I wonder if the report mentions that israel is an occupying force... their mere presence there is a violation of international law.

    of course laws of war are inapplicable in the case of Gaza. It is not a war. it is the attempted violent suppression of those rejecting occupation.
     
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    That would be 100% wrong.

    The arabs never accepted the UN partition, thus have no standing in law, 'occupying force' is an old arafat propaganda phrase from the 70s.

    Until Palestinains accept the partition they cannot claim israel is 'occupying them' as they don't leagally exist, the territory was transferred from Egypt to israel after the 1967 war, in the case of gaza and Jordan in the case of the West Bank.

    So please, spare us talk of 'international law.'
     
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    Oh they fucking exist... Hell, did holocaust jews NOT EXIST because they were, by that point, nationless under "legal" terms? Fuck no. And it's beyond pathetic that you silly bastards would even TRY to rationalize the continued disenfranchisement of these people despite the historic fact of how israel was created. You might as well insist that they don't count because they don't wear shoes or have a latin based written alphabet.
     
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    You are forcing me to again point out how childish you are behaving.

    I was discussing a point of law, nobody said these people don't exist, but until they accept the lawful partition of a place THEY NEVER BEFORE OWNED, there can be no 'Palsestine' nor can there be claims of 'violations of international law.'

    I'm surprised you post so often with such a vague idea of the reality of this rather complex problem.

    Undo emotion will score you no points, only re-enforce the notion you haven't a clue of what you are discussing.
     
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    Yikes...that was brutal. Well said Xeno...
     
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    Reality is a harsh mistress.

    The palestinians are trying to defy reality, as the youngster here does, through raw emotion often expressed as terrorism.

    It simply won't work, no matter how many rockets fly they will never get anywhere until they give up the notion that something that never belonged to them is theirs.
     
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    The "lawful partition" means two things when we see isreal do nothing to keep land squatting jews from completing the canaanization of the land. In fact, THEY DID own the land that now houses israel. We all know how israel was created. We all know who had to move over so zionists could claim the land. This is why we don't see the next temple of solomon on temple mount. You can disregard their status as anything that strokes your zionist loving blank check if you WANT to but, again, we all know why jews have yet to claim the whole of jerusalem. If hiding behind chop shopped, jew-loving legalese is what does it for you then, by all means, go share your "they don't wear shoes" joke with a native american. If you can find one.

    I'm surprised that you think a chorus line of cheerleading zionists amount to a history lesson.

    Further, it's HILARIOUS that you talk about undo emotion given the screaming scarlet A tactic of every zionist making such an effort to SELL excuses for this latest holocaust. When you want to start dropping evidence in these threads feel free. Hell, I do. But, I guess tossing out the standard issue zionist rhetoric and waiting for godboys' stinging pussy to toss out a few rah rahs is easier.

    :thup:
     

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