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Israeli politicians and a former military intelligence commander have hit back at reservists who criticized Israel for spying on ordinary Palestinians. Last week, 43 Israeli military intelligence reservists signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories over fears snoops were planning to blackmail …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

    The normal Israeli approach to the privacy rights of Palestinian civilians, is to subtly dodge the question by depriving them of their lives.

    1. Ted Treen
      Boffin

      Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

      Utter bollocks of the kind usually spewed out by the Grauniad.

      The inhabitants of Gaza voted for Hamas knowing their stated aim is the eradication of Israel, so they are just as responsible as the droves who voted for the NSDAP in Germany in the 1930's.

      Hamas are renowned for siting missile-launchers, arms dumps etc. right by schools and hospitals - and even have their HQ underneath a hospital. As their supporters and fighters do not wear any recognisable uniform, pray differentiate between a terrorist & a civilian.

      Is Israel supposed to just say "Tut, tut" to a daily rain of indiscriminate rockets?

      The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people: Hamas uses its people to protect its weapons.

      Awaits deluge of downvotes from the student politicians of the sixth-form common room...

      1. James Micallef Silver badge

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        My downvote isn't because of "student politicians of the sixth-form common room", it's because the article clearly states the protested sigint is in "occupied Palestinian territories" AKA West Bank (who never voted Hamas into power), not the Gaza strip (who did).

        Gaza has not been "occupied" for many years now

        1. Ted Treen
          Facepalm

          @James Micallef

          And my reply was to the previous (AC, of course) poster (A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?) and not a general or otherwise repudiation of the article.

          His rather broad statement "The normal Israeli approach to the privacy rights of Palestinian civilians, is to subtly dodge the question by depriving them of their lives." also makes no mention of Gaza, West bank or occupied territories - it is the statement as a fact that deprivation of Palestinian life was an Israeli objective. That of course was the bollocks in question and not the article which gave birth to this forum.

          Had you taken the trouble to read the two in conjunction, that would have been clear.

        2. Gis Bun

          Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          I agree. Can you be occupied if you don't have the army [or police] in your land? The Gaza has its own [corrupt] version of a government. Everything from police [if you can call them that] to health to education. doesn't sound like occupied to me.

          While at it, you can't blame just Israel for their problems. Egypt has also blocked Hamas/Palestinians from leaving Gaza on their border as well as goods going in and out.

        3. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: Jamal Micaleff Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          ".....AKA West Bank ....." And, in your alternate universe, there are no HAMAS members (including suicide bomber recruiters) in the West Bank, nor other terrorists (the whole PLO beng made up of terror groups) that have previously mounted terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

          1. James Micallef Silver badge

            Re: Jamal Micaleff A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

            @Matt Bryant

            a) I didn't say that there was no Hamas in the West Bank. I said that any threats to Israel from the West Bank can be dealt with without installing settlements there, and in any case, such threats are threats to some of Israel's population, NOT existential threats to the state of Israel.

            b) Calling people 'funny' names by twisting their real names is teh behaviour of an immature 8-year old boy. Just sayin'

            1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
              FAIL

              Re: Jamal Micaleff A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

              ".....any threats to Israel from the West Bank can be dealt with without installing settlements there...." There is no such sovereign state as 'Palestine', all the land on the West Bank short of Jordan is up for grabs by negotiation. Which means, by your statement, all Palestinian Arab building work in the West Bank is also 'settlement building' and must stop until a final set of borders have been agreed. By legal definition, Israel not 'occupying' anywhere as the international law on occupation refers to one sovereign state occupying the land of another, and the only sovereign state involved is Israel. The Fakestinians could have had their sovereign state in 1948 but they stupidly preferred invading that of the Jews to accepting the UN Partition Plan.

              ".....such threats are threats to some of Israel's population, NOT existential threats to the state of Israel...." All UN nations have the right to protect their citizens from external aggression. They do not have to wait until the threat is one to the existence of the entire country. Once again, you fail to understand international law.

              "....Calling people 'funny' names by twisting their real names is teh behaviour of an immature 8-year old boy...." Your whining is exactly what I'd expect from uneducated child.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        some of us aren't student politicians.

        some of us are old enough to remember Israel trot out this same stuff time and again for decades.

        whether it's PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, or whoever. the same accusations are made by Israel. and all that time, Israel expands, and consumes, and expands, and kills, and expands, and colonises.

        anonymous cos there's a very real chance I could lose my job for saying something that any fool can see if they look at Israeli history.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          "Israel expands..." Ya? What did they grab this time?

          Israel defends itself from the incompetence known as Hamas. You have to be a real fool to think that all those killed last month were innocent. Everyone knows that the percentage of dead that are "civilians" reported by the health ministry [an arm of Hamas] is ridiculously high. How do you define a Hamas member versus a civilian? Someone is a member of Hamas only if they have a rocket launcher or a gun?

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          ".....and all that time, Israel expands, and consumes, and expands, and kills, and expands, and colonises...." Yeah, like when they gave back the Sinai to Egypt in return for peace, exited Southern Lebanon, and exited Gaza, you mean? Maybe you should have actually read some of those history books you mentioned.

      3. h4rm0ny

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        >>"Awaits deluge of downvotes from the student politicians of the sixth-form common room..."

        I like the pre-emptive attempt to dismiss your critics. Middle-aged engineer downvoting you right here.

        And if you want sixth-form politics, your own arguments are tired and have been refuted more times than I can remember. They're the standard fallbacks for justifying the killing and displacement of Palestinians, just a variation on the eternal classic - they were asking for it.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

          h4rm0ny, you may be an engineer but historian you are not. You should read a little history of the area in question before glibly saying everything has been 'refuted more times than I can remember' and ask exactly what was the political affiliation of those doing the refuting and what axe did they have to grind.

          Now the down votes will start for the simple reason most people don't like their political shortcomings being exposed.

          1. h4rm0ny

            Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

            >>"h4rm0ny, you may be an engineer but historian you are not"

            I didn't claim to be a historian, I claimed to be old. (well, hitting middle-age, sadly). What I said was that I had seen those same arguments trotted out decade after decade and the counter arguments to them are long since known to most of us. The whole 'they're asking us to bomb them' line of reasoning is false and always has been. However it is spun, one cannot have hundreds of Palestinian deaths, homes demolished, people displaced, power shut off to schools and hospitals and homes, and a handful of deaths on the Israeli side and present it as Israel defending itself.

            >>"Now the down votes will start for the simple reason most people don't like their political shortcomings being exposed."

            Again the attempt to pre-emptively dismiss any downvotes by claiming without evidence they're for bogus reasons. You didn't "expose" any shortcomings. You just said I needed to read more, that I was glib, and should look for bias. Basically ad hominem, ad hominem and an implication of bias / statement I'm misled. None of these contain the slightest scrap of argument that would expose anything.

            THAT is why you're getting downvotes, just as the previous post wasn't getting downvotes because we are all sixth-form history students.

            1. LucreLout Silver badge

              Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

              "However it is spun, one cannot have hundreds of Palestinian deaths, homes demolished, people displaced, power shut off to schools and hospitals and homes, and a handful of deaths on the Israeli side and present it as Israel defending itself."

              So in your view, if this doesn't constitute Israel defending itself, what does? It's not like Hamas don't know how Israel will respond.

              When rockets rain down upon the heads of their children, how should Israel respond? With a polite rebuke? Maybe some harsh language? An appeal to the UN? Perhaps they should limit themselves to the same level of technology employed by their aggressor? (though if you choose this, bear in mind that the only reason there are not vastly more Israeli dead is that Hamas lack the capability to achieve it, not the ambition) Perhaps they should limit the use of their military arsenal to some other arbitrary level?

              Now, whatever level of response it is you end up proposing, consider if you might prefer a stronger response if it were to be your child who next meets a rocket.

              Obviously, the deaths of Palestinian civilians are equally tragic, but they differ in some important aspects. 1) Palestine is already deploying its full military capability against Israel, it's just that the capability isn't great. 2) When you allow gunmen to hide amongst your children, in their schools, hospitals, and homes, you must realise that more of them will die when the counter attack comes. How could it be otherwise?

              1. h4rm0ny

                Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                >>"When rockets rain down upon the heads of their children, how should Israel respond? With a polite rebuke? Maybe some harsh language? An appeal to the UN? Perhaps they should limit themselves to the same level of technology employed by their aggressor? (though if you choose this, bear in mind that the only reason there are not vastly more Israeli dead is that Hamas lack the capability to achieve it, not the ambition) Perhaps they should limit the use of their military arsenal to some other arbitrary level?"

                The aim should be to end the rockets. For that you look at why there are rockets. Reasonable enough?

                You ask what I think Israel should do? Happy to answer. Withdraw from the Occupied Territories, stop blockading supplies into Palestine, stop bombing power stations, schools, homes, stop carrying out assassinations, invite the UN to negotiate a proper peace and accept it. This would undermine support for attacks on Israel by the common Palestinians who just want peace and to live their lives.

                But this would be "defeat" or "giving in to terrorists" and is thus untenable by the Israeli government and its supporters. So unable to retreat, they attack. Against a populace and people who have nowhere to retreat to and thus cannot be the ones to end the conflict. It's simply not possible for the Palestinians to end the conflict when every time they are the ones being occupied, deprived of power, building materials, freedom.

                But Israel cannot countenance losing a "pissing contest" - they have declared another faction their enemy and thus cannot let it "win". It is petty emotional-territorial human behaviour at its basest. As a species we should be better than this.

                >>"When you allow gunmen to hide amongst your children, in their schools, hospitals, and homes, you must realise that more of them will die when the counter attack comes. How could it be otherwise?"

                Israel is bombing and attacking an urban area. Where exactly do you expect to find the people you're attacking other than in the place you're attacking? If there's a "gunman" in a home, there's a good chance that's because he LIVES there. This is what happens when you invade somewhere people live.

                Again, you have come to us with the same argument as both times before, re-phrased: "they're asking for it". No Palestinian has the power to force the IDF to bomb schools and powerstations or to bulldoze homes. No Palestinians had the power to cause this

                You acknowledge that the Israeli army is vastly more powerful than the Palestinians. Only the most twisted logic could argue that a group so much weaker is forcing a far more powerful and well-funded body to murder it in such numbers. Ergo, the greatest capacity to end the conflict is on Israel's side. It's like watching a huge guy pin a much smaller one to the ground, continually apply painful pressure and just the smaller guy's occasional attempts to push him off as justification for staying on top.

                1. Tom 13

                  Re: The aim should be to end the rockets.

                  Rockets, like guns, have never killed anyone. It always the PERSON wielding the weapon who does the killing. But I'd never expect a progressive/liberal/commie like yourself to open yourself to new ideas.

                2. LucreLout Silver badge

                  Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                  "The aim should be to end the rockets. For that you look at why there are rockets. Reasonable enough?"

                  There's a problem with that aim. Israel can't end the rockets. Only the Palestinians can, and they simply don't want to. Nothing Israel does will ever be enough for them unless it nukes itself, which would be a tad unusual as an approach to ending conflict.

                  "You ask what I think Israel should do? Happy to answer. Withdraw from the Occupied Territories, stop blockading supplies into Palestine, stop bombing power stations, schools, homes, stop carrying out assassinations, invite the UN to negotiate a proper peace and accept it. This would undermine support for attacks on Israel by the common Palestinians who just want peace and to live their lives."

                  And here you go massively off track. I asked how Israel should respond, in essence, militarily.

                  Stoping bombing powerstations, schools, and homes first requires that Hamas stop launching rockets from those locations and hiding their stockpile of weapons in such locations.

                  Stopping assasinations as you call them is easy. Palestine simply needs to hand over for trial all of the terrorists within its midst, such as the entire leadership and membership of Hamas.

                  "Against a populace and people who have nowhere to retreat to and thus cannot be the ones to end the conflict. "

                  So, so very wrong. The conflict can be over tomorrow. Palestine simply never fires another bullet, bomb, or rocket at Israel, and the war would be over forever. Contrary to your suggestion, the possibility of peace exists solely within the hands of the Palestinians, for it is they whom are always the aggressor.

                  "Israel is bombing and attacking an urban area. Where exactly do you expect to find the people you're attacking other than in the place you're attacking? If there's a "gunman" in a home, there's a good chance that's because he LIVES there. This is what happens when you invade somewhere people live."

                  Again you have this arse-about-face. Palestine is launching the attack from those locations, so where exactly is it you expect the military response to fall? Stand in the street behind your wife and children and start shooting up the place. When the police arrive, it'll be no good moaning if your wife catches a bullet because its your fault for hiding behind her while firing a weapon.

                  "No Palestinian has the power to force the IDF to bomb schools and powerstations or to bulldoze homes"

                  Every single Palestinian with a gun, rocket launcher, or who allows the use of their home for military or terrorist purposes has that power and has caused the response they have received. Every. Single. One.

                  "Only the most twisted logic could argue that a group so much weaker is forcing a far more powerful and well-funded body to murder it in such numbers. "

                  Only most deluded mind would fail to grasp that launching a military campaign from a civilian area will result in many civillian dead. Yet still they choose it and you defend it.

                  Bear this in mind: Hamas have killed more Palestinians in this conflict than they have killed Israelis.

                  "As a species we should be better than this."

                  I suspect this is our only possible zone of agreement on this issue.

                3. Matt Bryant Silver badge
                  FAIL

                  Re: h4m0ny Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                  ".....For that you look at why there are rockets....." There are rockets because HAMAS has the stated aim of eradicating the state of a Israel. That was obviously too simple for you to understand.

                  "....invite the UN to negotiate a proper peace and accept it...." The Jews did, in 1948, it was the Arabs that refused to accept the UN Partition Plan. The UN solution is the two state solution, which HAMAS rejects. You really don't have a clue about what you are dribbling on about.

              2. Lapun Mankimasta

                Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                "the deaths of Palestinian civilians are equally tragic"

                Except it seems to you that they're not.

                There's a thing called "proportionality" in military law. To put it bluntly, the law states that only the force necessary should be used to defeat any given foe. Anything more is not only disproportionate, it is a waste of military force. And there's no defending Israel's assault on Gaza as "proportionate".

                " 2) When you allow gunmen to hide amongst your children, in their schools, hospitals, and homes, you must realise that more of them will die when the counter attack comes"

                Right, so where are they to hide? Tunnels? So they're hiding in tunnels, and your pet military the IDF comes along and demolishes a hospital where there may be injured Hamas military men getting treatment. Read up on the British response to the German Empire's policy of unlimited submarine warfare in relation to hospital ships in WWI.

                1. LucreLout Silver badge

                  Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                  ""the deaths of Palestinian civilians are equally tragic"

                  Except it seems to you that they're not."

                  Then you have misunderstood or ignored what I have written.

                  "There's a thing called "proportionality" in military law. To put it bluntly, the law states that only the force necessary should be used to defeat any given foe. "

                  Given that peace has not been achieved, your statement allows for a significant escalation of the military response.

                  "And there's no defending Israel's assault on Gaza as "proportionate"."

                  Really? I view it as rather restrained myself. Israel hasn't known a decades peace since WWII. It is attacked without mercy and without rest.

                  "Right, so where are they to hide?"

                  They are not to hide. Terrorists hide. If they wish to behave a soldiers, waging war upon an enemy, then they should bloody well stand and fight the battle they started. Hoping to defray your losses by hiding behind civillians is the mark of a coward. It also makes increased civillian deaths unavoidable.

                  "So they're hiding in tunnels, and your pet military the IDF comes along and demolishes a hospital where there may be injured Hamas military men getting treatment"

                  The IDF are nothing to do with me, and certainly not my pet. Are you always so emotional?

                  I presume you're referring to the hospital whose basement was ebing used as a military HQ and weapons cahce? That hospital? Well, what exactly did you think would happen?

                  Until the people of Palestine learn to love their children more than they hate Israelis, they will continue to die. For as long as the people of Palestine allow men of war to hide behind them, they will continue to die alongside them. If this is news to you, then you haven't been paying attention.

                  As has already been said, legitimate armies use their weapons to protect civilians: Hamas use civilians to protect their weapons. And you have the gaul to blame the IDF for that?

            2. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

              ... And present it as Israel defending itself...

              Hmm, talk to the citizens of Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima etc about that.

              1. The Real SteveP

                Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                You missed out London, Coventry, Liverpool, Manchester and others from your list.

          2. James Micallef Silver badge

            Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

            "You should read a little history of the area in question... "

            Thing is, no knowledge of history is any help at all to resolve the situation without acknowledging the present. And the present situation is this - Israel has de facto complete control over all Palestinian territories. It chose to exit Gaza because it was more trouble than it was worth, has a pretty successful blockade going there, and every few years flattens everything and anything that got through the blockade anyway. In the West Bank, it builds settlements with complete impunity, it controls water supply, it controls roads and transport, imports are also severely restricted, and there is a giant wall separating Israel + their settlements from "Palestinian" lands. The threat level that Israel faces is, for all practical purposes, zero. There might be a slight threat to some of it's citizens, but that is something that can never be eradicated, as people of New York, London, Madrid etc etc know very well. But there is NO existential threat to Israel, there hasn't been for many many many years, and there will not be for the foreseeable future.

            So, whatever the end solution to the question is, Israel is the ONLY actor in the region that can do anything towards that solution.

            And Israel has, by it's actions over the past few years, repeatedly shown that it's preferred solution is NOT a 2-state solution with Israelis and Palestinians living in peace*, nor is it a 1-state solution with Palestinians as full and equal citizens. It is a 'Greater Israel' where Palestinians are second-class Apartheided citizens, or else 'exported' to neighbouring Arab countries. This spying on innocent Palestinians is just a tiny part of an ongoing process.

            *Otherwise why the continued expansion of settlements in the West Bank? Why even start building settlements in the first place, when a simple military presence + wall on the original border would have sufficed for security?

            1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
              FAIL

              Re: James Micallef Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

              ".....Thing is, no knowledge of history is any help at all to resolve the situation without acknowledging the present....." And you can't hope to understand the present (as you obviously do not) without studying how we got where we are. The present state is that Israel is willing to talk peace and discuss the two state solution, but groups like HAMAS do not want to accept the idea of any Jewish state.

              ".....But there is NO existential threat to Israel....." Apart from technically still being at war with the Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, you mean? Then there is HAMAS and Hezbollah, both of which have the stated aim of eradicating Israel, plus the dozens of nutty Islamic terror groups (AQ, IS, Islamic Jihad, etc.) that just want to kill Jews.

              1. James Micallef Silver badge

                Re: James Micallef A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                "The present state is that Israel is willing to talk peace and discuss the two state solution"

                Actions speak louder than words. If Israel was ever serious about peace it would never have built settlements in land that it knew it would have to give back as part of any peace agreement. Israel SAYS it's willing to have a 2-state solution, but only if it's allowed to annex parts of West Bank that it wants, and 'is willing' to give Palestine unwanted parts of it's territory in return. Wow, what generosity.

                If Israel is serious about peace it would have frozen settlements a long time ago. Instead, in the last 10 years it has accelerated them.

                Re Hamas greenhouses etc, yes you are right, Hamas are scum who do not want peace, I wasn't arguing anything different. My point is that Hamas have power only in Gaza, very limited influence elsewhere. Israel has all the power in the region, nothing can change unless they take the lead.

                1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
                  FAIL

                  Re: James Micallef A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

                  "....If Israel was ever serious about peace it would never have built settlements in land that it knew it would have to give back as part of any peace agreement....." Once again, you fail at the first hurdle. Please do go show any agreement that Israel has signed that commits it to giving any land in the West Bank back. The whole borders question has been pushed down the road because the two sides are too far apart in their stated positions, the Arabs insisting on the 1967 ceasefire line as the basis for negotiations whilst knowing that is unacceptable to Israel on security grounds. Until final borders are agreed, which won't happen until the Fakestinians live up to their commitments to end terror attacks and incitement, all the land is still up for negotiation. And, seeing as Fakestinian actions consist of continual terror attacks and incitement, Israel is under no obligation to resume peace negotiations. Despite that, Israel has twice frozen all building in the West Bank as a precursor for talks only for the Fakestinians to waste their time.

                  "....Israel SAYS it's willing to have a 2-state solution, but only if it's allowed to annex parts of West Bank that it wants, and 'is willing' to give Palestine unwanted parts of it's territory in return. Wow, what generosity....." Apart from the fact that is what happens when one side wins a war (numerous wars caused by Arab aggression in this case). Go look at a map of Europe from 1914, then look at one for 1935, then another for 1946 - you might notice the Allies made a few changes. And seeing as the Fakestinians do not have a sovereign state of 'Palestine', there was NEVER a sovereign Fakestinian state for Israel to annex the land from.

                  ".....My point is that Hamas have power only in Gaza...." And again you are wrong. HAMAS was voted for by the majority of the Fakestinians, in the West Bank and Gaza. Their current co-operation with the PNA is a sham with HAMAS running a complete shadow government in Gaza and refusing to hand any control to the PNA, whilst trying to do the same in the West Bank.

                  You obviously have a lot of reading to catch up on, I suggest you start here: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_article=2831&x_context=9999

            2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
              FAIL

              Re: James Micallef Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

              "....no knowledge of history is any help at all to resolve the situation...." More like you prefer to ignore history as it allows the Palestinians to paint themselves as victims. The Palestinians put themselves where they are, especially in Gaza, and their continued support of HAMAS says they are the ones not willing to give peace a chance.

              ".....It chose to exit Gaza because it was more trouble than it was worth, has a pretty successful blockade going there, and every few years flattens everything and anything that got through the blockade anyway......" Israel pulled out but left the crossings open to those that wanted to work in Israel. They left the settlements with acres of agricultural land and miles of greenhouses. The majority of Gazans with jobs actually worked in Israel, many in the joint Israeli-PNA campus at Erez. The first thing HAMAS did, before the Israelis pulled out, was attack the Erez campus and threaten any Gazan that worked in Israel, forcing many of them to become suicide bombers. HAMAS trashed the agricultural land and left the greenhouses to rot. Israel imposed the blockade because of repeated attempts at terror attacks from Gaza. HAMAS had no intention of making things better for the Gazans, quite the opposite. HAMAS deliberately killed all co-operation with the Israelis, both economic and political, because they have one stated aim - the destruction of Israel. And that is not history, that is HAMAS's current stance and single goal. Your denial of that simple fact is truly too obtuse for words.

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: h4rm0ny Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          ".....your own arguments are tired and have been refuted more times than I can remember....." So hard for you to remember that you fail to actually refute any of them.

      4. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge
        Mushroom

        @Ted Treen

        "The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people:"

        Yes, and I am going to "protect" myself from the world: BY NUKING YOU ALL. HahaHAHAHAhahAHHAHAHAHAAAA.

      5. Someone Else Silver badge
        Facepalm

        @ Ted Treen -- Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        A Godwin violation on the second post of the thread. How quaint.

      6. Yugguy

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        I upvoted you.

        Hammas' stated aim IS the eradication of the state of Israel.

        Israel was made war on about 5 minutes after it was formed after WW2.

        It was subsequently made war on several times by its Arab neighbours up until the 70s, each of which it won, and could have occupied these neighbours if it chose.

        Israel beleives that without the buffer zones of the lands it occupies it would be made war on again.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          Israel made war on the UK for some years BEFORE it was formed after WW2. They were the original terrorists in the region.

          1. Mr Michael Strelitz
            Boffin

            Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

            Israel did not exist before it was formed! There were a couple of right wing groups in Palestine with small membership who undertook terrorist activities such as the Stern Gang and Lechi. It was never the policy of the main independence movement which condemned and abhored their activities.

            1. Lapun Mankimasta

              Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

              "Stern Gang and Lechi. It was never the policy of the main independence movement which condemned and abhored their activities."

              Riiiiight, and backed them up with military aid when it suited them, like the Deir Yassin pogrom.

          2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
            FAIL

            Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

            "Israel made war on the UK for some years BEFORE it was formed after WW2....." The British were stuck in the middle after taking up responsibility for the region after defeating Ottoman Turkey in WW1. Between the declaration of the Mandate and the British pull out in 1948, they were routinely attacked by both Jewish and Arab terrorists.

            "......They were the original terrorists in the region." Rubbish. The first recorded terror event in the region under the Mandate was the attack on Jewish farms at Tel Hai in French-controlled Upper Gallilee on 1st March 1920, by Arab villagers taking a break from fighting the Franco-Syrian War to get in a little ethnic cleansing by murdering Jews. The Battle of Tel Hai (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tel_Hai) is considered the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict and shows a simple and oft repeated pattern - armed Arabs, encouraged by their religious leaders and Arab nationalists, made an unprovoked attack on the Jews. The Jews at Tel Hai had actually been neutral and stayed out if the fighting between the Arabs and the French. The Battle of Tel Hai was followed by a second act of Islamic terror, the riots in Jerusalem (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1920_Palestine_riots) a few weeks later. The first attacks recorded on British forces in Mandate Palestine were by Arabs during the May 1921 Jaffa riots (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_riots). Attacks on the British by Jews only became more common than attacks by Arabs after the British arrested many of the Arab leaders in 1928.

        2. Lapun Mankimasta

          Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          Let's see:

          "Israel was made war on about 5 minutes after it was formed after WW2."

          Correction: the Zionist project implied the expulsion of the Palestinian Arab population. It was modelled after the expulsion of the American First Nations during the "Winning of the West" by the United States. Before the State of Israel was declared on the 14the of May, the Yishuv had already expelled most of the Arabs in the parts of Mandatory Palestine it controlled. And that expulsion accelerated after the pogrom at Deir Yassin on the 9th of April. There was a month between Deir Yassin and Israel's Declaration of Independence. It took that long for the reluctance of the Arab League leaders to be overcome.

          "It was subsequently made war on several times by its Arab neighbours up until the 70s, each of which it won, and could have occupied these neighbours if it chose."

          Like the 1956 Suez Crisis? I've seen Zionists refer to that as an Israeli existential crisi. Tell that to Eden.

          "Israel beleives that without the buffer zones of the lands it occupies it would be made war on again."

          Yeah right. Like the occupation of Soutehrn Lebanon? Like the occupation of the Sinai? I suppose that is why the Egyptians are constantly making war on Israel? Because Israel returned the Sinai?

          I've got a Brooklyn Bridge to sell you. How much is two times two?

      7. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        @ ted

        "As their supporters and fighters do not wear any recognisable uniform, pray differentiate between a terrorist & a civilian."

        Nor did the IRA. Did we flatten the Republic of Ireland in response to their attacks?

        1. Tom 13

          Re: Nor did the IRA.

          Much as I loathe them, the IRA was never an existential threat to the entire UK. Hamas is just such a threat to Israel.

          1. James Micallef Silver badge

            Re: Nor did the IRA.

            @Tom13 - By no stretch of the imagination is Hamas an existential threat to Israel. Just like IRA with Britain, they can kill some civilians and cause some havoc. But Hamas has negligible military force compared to IDF, close to zero international political clout compared to Israel who has the US bent around her little finger.

            Just because Hamas want Israel to be completely destroyed does not mean that it is in any way possible for them to do it.

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

          "....Did we flatten the Republic of Ireland in response to their attacks?" The Israelis could have flattened Gaza but did not, they instead chose to send troops in to find and dismantle HAMAS's rockets and tunnels. But, GCHQ did use exactly the same techniques against the Irish as Unit 8200 does against the Palestinians, to allow MI5 and MI6 to recruit or blackmail informers into giving up IRA terrorists.

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      1. Elmer Phud Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        "Frankly i think every jew & every palistinean want each other dead, so where will this end?"

        Pleasing you by the sound of it

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      2. h4rm0ny

        Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        >>"Frankly i think every jew & every palistinean want each other dead, so where will this end?"

        Jew =/= Israeli. There are many non-Zionist jewish people just as there are a large number of Zionists non-Jews. Especially amongst American Christians, large numbers of which believe that Israel MUST be Jewish in order that God's plan can be complete. John Ashcroft, former US Attorney General belongs to a Church which preaches this for example. And I'm fairly sure he's not Jewish.

        As long as you keep using Jewish and Israeli interchangeably (which is something the Israeli government vigorously encourages), you're undermining your own case against Israel and increasing anti-Semitism by equating Jewish people with the government of Israel (and a particular position of it, in fact).

      3. Matt Bryant Silver badge
        Stop

        Re: AC Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

        "Frankly i think every jew & every palistinean want each other dead....." So you missed the bit about how this is Israeli reservists refusing to spy on 'innocent Palestinians' in order for them to be blackmailed into spying on Fatah, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, Black September, etc., etc.? You also missed the reason for their objection - the majority of such spies end up being summarily executed by Fatah, Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, etc., etc.. That's because the informers are very useful in identifying the terror leaders and facilitating Israeli targeted assassinations, which is why HAMAS and chums always make such public executions of anyone even suspected of being an informer - they don't mind martyring their civilians as human shields, but they really don't like their leaders getting chopped.

        ".....where will this end?" It could have ended in 1948 if the Arabs had not been greedy and so dead set against there being any Jewish state. Since, the Palestinians have artfully thrown away every chance at peace. The Egyptians learned, the Jordanians learned, but too many Palestinians have not. As Golda Meir put it, this conflict will only end when all the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews. HAMAS, elected by the majority of Palestinians, including those in the West Bank, obviously still prefer 'opening the gates to Hell' and herding their own people through said gates.

  2. h4rm0ny

    Good for them.

    I have a lot of respect for those that risk themselves to resist oppression of themselves. But I have even more respect for those that resist it from the inside when they could so easily stay quiet and look the other way. It takes a special kind of courage to stand up against your own "side" for what is right. Their actions do more to stop people demonizing Israelies then any amount of its government's propaganda.

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: Good for them.

      H4rm0ny, as much as I agree with the sentiment of what you state I think that the current state of affairs in Israel is so "complicated" that is is impossible to determine "what is right" or "what is wrong".

      I lived and worked there for several years, as a "goy", but was introduced headlong into the culture of both sides , Israelis and Palestinians.. albeit more so the Israeli side.

      It's a catch 22 situation, there are no "right" or "wrong" ways to do things, there is always a contra-partie that upsets one or the other sides. Neither party wants to see their children die, the people that live there are normal people with the same desires as you and I. The difference lies in those that govern them.

      The Jews and the Arabs lived on that piece of land for many without problems, it was only when other nations decided to occupy the lands that the problems started. The Ottomans, the British, the Jordanians, the Americans all helped create the instability that exists today..

      The Americans are probably more to blame for the current situation than any one else today, the do after all, supply Israel with several Billion dollars each year for "defence" purposes, so in effect they are the ones footing the bill for Unit 8200.

      The fire of hatred that exists within that small piece of land is continually being doused with petrol, from the upper echelons of both sides. In order to resolve many of the problems it would be necessary to remove the politicians and war mongerers who have vested interests in continuing this pseudo war.

      I met many good people from both cultures unfortunately we only ever here about the tainted ones...

      1. h4rm0ny

        Re: Good for them.

        >>"H4rm0ny, as much as I agree with the sentiment of what you state I think that the current state of affairs in Israel is so "complicated" that is is impossible to determine "what is right" or "what is wrong"

        I disagree with this. Things are so complicated and messy there that it is impossible to determine which "side" is right or wrong. But that's not quite what I wrote. There are good people and bad people all around. You can say whether an action is right or wrong, or a person good or bad within reasonable parameters. You only get in a mess when you start saying one arbitrarily defined group of people are good or bad. The worst and cheapest trick the Israeli government has ever pulled is the way it endlessly tries to portray itself as speaking for Jewish people and pretend criticism of it is criticism of Jewish people. That's one reason I called out the bravery of these Israelis, because to go against that sort of propaganda, the sort of propaganda that tries to make you out as a traitor to your country or your people if you disagree, takes a special type of courage, an active courage. Not the sort that reacts against an external threat, but the leads you to stand up when you could have just kept quiet. That's where I was coming from with the sides.

        1. Khaptain Silver badge

          Re: Good for them.

          I agree with what you are saying but I don't think that it gets at the point of why people are in the position that they are in.

          The catch 22 situation lies in the fact that the "military prowess" of the Israeli army is what has allowed these young Intelligience Officers to live in Israel. Should that same fighting machine step down or reduce it's tactics then it would likely result in the complete loss of the lands/state.

          Yes, I agree that it takes a hell of a lot of courage but they are fighting against the machine that put them there.

          These officers don't agree with the dirty tactics of Unit 8200 but at the same time there are no clean tactics in a war situation. What would they suggest to do otherwise ? There appears to be no solutions at this level.

          This is one of these lose/lose situation where there are no winners. The odds are stacked against everyone. If the Israelis want to remain they have to continue to defend themselves. If they don't they will have to leave.. It's a position that I am glad that i don't have to deal with.

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