Unfolding events justified Israel to act in self-defence
A FAIR and unbiased analysis of readily available facts and recorded material clearly reflects a reliable and accurate narrative of what happened and still continues to happen in the confrontation between the Israel Defence Forces and the Gazans.
The indisputable evidence establishes that the Gazans were encouraged by Hamas to attack and make every effort to breach the border fence between Gaza and Israel and then, as declared by Hamas, to invade Israel, wreak havoc and place Israeli lives in the utmost danger.
“The total destruction of Israel” still constitutes the cardinal principle and objective of Hamas. To this end, it has over many years fired rockets into Israel and built and expended vast fortunes in the construction of underground tunnels in order to invade Israel.
Hamas, in seeking to obtain international sympathy, has painted a false picture of victimhood.
The evidence clearly shows the contrary, notably:
● Hamas military personnel were part of the attack force on the border fence.
● Wire cutters used to cut through the border fence.
● Intentionally using children as human shields.
● Burning tyres to cause black billowing smoke to obscure visibility of the many thousands approaching the fence.
● Firearms being used by some of the attackers.
● Balloons filled with incendiary material that caused destructive fires to agricultural fields in Israel.
Throwing stones at Israeli soldiers guarding the fence
Total disregard by the attackers of the repeated warnings issued by Israel and ignoring warning pamphlets dropped by Israeli aircraft.
It is a hallowed and fundamental principle of international law that a state has the right, and indeed the obligation, to protect the safety of its citizens and to invoke the principles of self-defence in so doing. The facts, events and circumstances at the Gaza border objectively fully justify Israel acting in accordance with the principles of self-defence. Any other state,under such circumstances, would have acted no differently.
Israel has the right to be fully heard in the telling and publishing of its narrative of events. Audi alteram partem – hear the other side. Henry Shakenovsky SC Formerly an Acting Judge in the High Court of South Africa Tel Aviv, Israel