Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Even When Israel Follows Goldstone's Advice, They Cannot Catch A Break

In More Like This Please, Michael Totten writes about the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh:
If only Israel could fight all its battles this way. It would be the cleanest and least-deadly war in the history of warfare. Even some of Israel’s harshest critics should understand that.
Totten quotes Alan Dershowitz, who points out--amid the rush to condemn Israel--that Israel was merely following Judge Goldstone's own advice:

The Goldstone Report suggests that Israel cannot lawfully fight Hamas rockets by wholesale air attacks. Richard Goldstone, in his interviews, has suggested that Israel should protect itself from these unlawful attacks by more proportionate measures, such as commando raids and targeted killing of terrorists engaged in the firing of rockets. Well, there could be no better example of a proportionate and focused attack on a combatant deeply involved in the rocket attacks on Israel than the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Not only was Mabhouh the commander in charge of Hamas' unlawful military actions at the time of his death, he was also personally responsible for the kidnapping and cold-blooded murder of two Israeli soldiers several years earlier.
Let's face it, there is only one way that Israel can possibly satisfy those critics who cry out for justice for the Palestinian Arabs--

Drop dead.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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