A View on the Israeli military action from the Council on Foreign Relations

An organization with a clear perspective, unlike those idiots with absolutely no knowledge of history who post claiming “the Israelis have learned from their Nazi masters” (a claim which in addition to be absurd, is offensive in the extreme to me as a child of Holocaust survivors who lost everyone to the Nazi Genocide).


Author: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies


There is little doubt that Israel is morally justified in its offensive against Hamas. No nation can sit by and allow its territory to be rocketed with impunity. Not if it wants to remain a nation for long. But to say that Israel has the right, indeed the obligation, to act is not the same thing as saying that it is acting wisely.

…The Russians have inflicted World War II-level carnage in Chechnya since the mid-1990s, and they don’t care what anybody else says.

But Israel is not Russia–or Algeria or Burma or Syria or any other state that has taken a scorched-earth approach to counterinsurgency in recent decades. Israel is a liberal democracy in the modern age whose military operations are conducted under the intense scrutiny of lawyers, judges, opposition politicians, reporters and human-rights activists. And those are just its own internal watchdogs. To these must be added the “international community,” which monitors Israeli actions with a degree of interest and antipathy reserved for no other state in the world.

For all the accusations of brutality that are routinely flung at Israel’s armed forces, their conduct has been exemplary by historical standards. They have shown far less propensity for indiscriminate killing or torture than did European states in the 1950s when confronting insurgencies in such places as Kenya, Cyprus, Vietnam and Algeria, where the stakes for them were considerably less. The only comparable example of restraint is the conduct of the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United States, too, earns world-wide opprobrium for alleged brutality rather than approbation for its humanity.