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Hamas’ Tactic: Require Israel to Cause Civilian Casualties

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Gatestone Institute

As the rockets continue to fall in Israel and Gaza, it is important to understand Hamas’s tactic and how the international community and the media are encouraging it. Hamas’s tactic is as simple as it is criminal and brutal. Its leaders know that by repeatedly firing rockets at Israeli civilian areas, they will give Israel no choice but to respond. Israel’s response will target the rockets and those sending them. In order to maximize their own civilian casualties, and thereby earn the sympathy of the international community and media, Hamas leaders deliberately fire their rockets from densely populated civilian areas. The Hamas fighters hide in underground bunkers but Hamas refuses to provide any shelter for its own civilians, whom they use as “human shields.” This unlawful tactic puts Israel to a tragic choice: simply allow Hamas rockets to continue to target Israeli cities and towns; or respond to the rockets, with inevitable civilian casualties among the Palestinian “human shields.”

Every democracy would choose the latter option if presented with a similar choice. Although Israel goes to great efforts to reduce civilian casualties, the Hamas tactic is designed to maximize them. The international community and the media must understand this and begin to blame Hamas, rather than Israel, for the Palestinian civilians who are killed by Israeli rockets but whose deaths are clearly part of the Hamas tactic.

 

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  1. Mountain Dog

    November 20th, 2012

    That tactic wouldn’t work very well if not for the assistance of the anti-Israel media tacticians.

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  2. Billy Fuster

    November 20th, 2012

    Screw them. These islamic civilians would gladly push the launch button themselves if given the chance. Go ahead and kill them all.

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  3. Groucho Marxist

    November 20th, 2012

    They have no standing army or uniforms.

    They’re all civilians in the MSM

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 20th, 2012

    0bama said in his speech in Thailand that:

    …missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated, and there’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.

    Notice the choice of words? Israeli territory, not the Country of Israel. And the cute little addendum of outside its borders.

    However, this speech will give 0brainless the chance to denigrate Israel because their missles will be raining down on hamas from outside palestinian borders. Get it?

    But fear not, libtards! Zero will just extend Israel’s borders to include all of the palestinian authority territory which will make the attacks be coming from inside Israeli borders. Which will make it okay! And since Zero doesn’t think Israel is a country with a capital anyway, none of this matters.

    It’s a win-win for the muzloid-in-chief.

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  5. Menderman

    November 20th, 2012

    Doesn’t Hamas make kiddie and teenager size suicide vests and have them wear them fully loaded on Jewish busses and restuarants?

    Hamas blows up their own kids….

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  6. Tim

    November 20th, 2012

    Hamas is a Satan-worshipping hate-filled death cult and if Netanyahu falls for their cease fire bullshit (so the palestinians can re-group), then he’s as big a dummy as any politician we have.

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  7. kvn

    November 20th, 2012

    Civilian casualties are needed to win a war. Civilians must refuse to support their gov’t to weaken their gov’t so that it can be defeated. One very effective way to do that is prove their gov’t can not protect them.

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