This is just awesome for anyone fortunate enough to live in the “land of milk and honey”. (New York Times, emphasis mine):
JERUSALEM — A Palestinian mother and her four young children were killed in northern Gaza on Monday during an Israeli operation against militants there, and a dispute quickly arose over exactly how they had died.
The Israelis said they shot a missile from the air that hit two armed men who were carrying heavy explosives which blew apart the family’s house behind them. Palestinian witnesses said they believed an Israeli tank shell or a missile from an unmanned drone flew into the small house, killing the four as they were eating breakfast. Two other children from the same family were badly wounded and hospitalized.
The killings prompted vows of revenge and seemed likely to complicate Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire between Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules Gaza, and Israel.
Shortly afterward, seven rockets and nine mortars were fired at southern Israel from Gaza. No one there was injured although a building was damaged.
Is it just me, or is firing rockets from a residential neighborhood a bad way to avoid civilian casualties?
Defense Minister Ehud Barak placed the blame squarely on Hamas.
“We see Hamas as responsible for everything that happens there, for all injuries,” he said while on a tour of an Israeli weapons factory, as reported on Israeli radio. “The army is acting and will continue to act against Hamas, including inside the Gaza Strip.”
This is insane. Hamas terrorists are using their own people as PR talking points. Meanwhile Israel is firing anyway, ignoring both the ethical and practical problems with doing so.
Great time to be a Palestinian. If I were growing up there, I’d pretty much hate everybody.