posted on Nov, 22 2010 @ 06:57 AM
This is a letter from a soldier who served in the IDF during Cast Lead. He is outraged over the "war criminal list" and probably rightly so. He
makes some excellant points that need to be considered. Every IDF soldier of course is not a war criminal. In fact, only a very small percentage
committed war crimes and of course those soldiers need to be brought to justice. But we should not lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of
those that were a part of that war were honorably serving their country. He correctly points out that rockets were landing daily in Sedoret prior to
the war. He fails to note that during the cease fire no rockets were fired by Hamas and Hamas for was adhereing to the cease fire agreement. It was
in fact Israel that broke the cease fire by entering Gaza and killing a few Hamas operatives. Thats when the rockets started coming, in retaliation.
He notes the effort invested in bringing food into Gaza but fails to understand the the Israeli government has held the people of Gaza to a near
starvation diet for two years prior to the operation. He mentions the concern over a broken water pipe . I am certain there have been many occasions
where Israelis of conscience have somehow made the lives of Gazans a little more tolerable and they are to be commended. I have always believed that
the people of Israel are for the most part, good and caring people.
Unfortunately, as in every war, war crimes are committed, and so it was with Cast Lead. A soldier was just convicted for using a child as a "human
sheild", a war crime. His punishment was a demotion and a suspended sentence. The Goldstone Report lists numerous war crimes committed by both sides
during Cast Lead. All of these crimes need a careful investigation by unbiased third parties to determine the verascity of the charges, indict the
wrong doers, and put them on trial. I believe there will be less then 200 but they must be punished.