Un­fold­ing events jus­ti­fied Is­rael to act in self-de­fence

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS -

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

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