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Iron Dome has saved Palestinian lives

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Radical reduction in Israeli casualties allows Israel time to calibrate surgical strikes — the best way around ‘human shields’

You thought Iron Dome was for Israel.

It is for Palestinians, too.

It has saved lives on both sides of the war.

If there have to be rockets fired on Israeli population centers by Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza, thank G-d for this “star wars” anti-missile system that Ronald Reagan dreamed about, but no country besides Israel developed.

The financing comes from the US; the brains, from Israel.

Iron Dome can even distinguish in a split second which rockets are destined to fall in unpopulated areas and which in populated areas. That is how Iron Dome saves countless Israelis lives (and greatly alleviates the tension).

These anti-missiles do more.

They reduce Palestinian casualties. Pardon the pun, but this is not rocket science. Without Israel having to scramble to protect its population against mass casualties (the likelihood without Iron Dome), Israel can take the time to calibrate its strikes against Hamas rocket launchers, arms factories and headquarters. Israel has the time to execute surgical strikes — not perfectly, but substantially, consistently and effectively.

Question: If Iron Dome helps reduce casualties among the Palestinians, why is the casualty rate so lopsided in favor of Israel? For the answer, consult the Hamas Interior Minister. He tells Palestinians to ignore Israeli advance messages via phone and other means to flee their houses targeted for Israeli air strikes due to Palestinian missile launchers deliberately placed on civilian roofs.

The Hamas Interior Minister advises: Do not save your lives.

The Hamas Interior Minister advises: Die, for the sake of Palestinian propaganda.

The Hamas Interior Minister advises: Your death in pictures is worth more than your life.

The Hamas Interior Minister — like the rest of Hamas — wants civilian casualties: Israeli dead (the enemy); and Palestinian dead, to elicit sympathy around the world.

Safety for Palestinians is not Hamas’ goal. Violence, death and the end of Israel are the goals of Hamas. Israeli surgical strikes prevent many casualties on the Palestinian side, but not all —not when Hamas advises residents of Gaza to stay in the line of fire, even when informed in advance precisely where it is.

Rockets are what this war is all about. Two weeks ago, when pressed as to whether Israel would strike against Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: Quiet will earn quiet. If you don’t fire rockets, we won’t drop bombs. Hamas chose to fire. That, and that alone, caused the war.

As of this writing, a ceasefire has been proposed, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas’ continued thirst to fire rockets on civilians. Whatever happens, one thing is clear: A ceasefire is not enough. The destruction of all of Hamas’ rockets and other weapons is required. This can be done in war, or it can accomplished as a mutually agreed upon provision of a ceasefire, just as at least some of the chemical weapons in Syria were peacefully dismantled.

Without the destruction of Hamas’ weapons, it will continue to fire them against Israel, now or in the future, or both. Either way, there will be another war — precipitated by Hamas.

As pundits add up the debit and credit sides of the ledger in these Israel-Hamas wars, the debits are almost entirely on Hamas’ side. It keeps firing rockets at Israel, inviting more suffering for the people of Gaza. Consult the Hamas Interior Minister. That’s seems to be exactly what he wants: more suffering for the people of Gaza.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 02:19 )  

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