Links showing how Hamas abuses civilians to fire....
Latest news flash: Hamas refuses to extend ceasefire unless some of its demands are met.
1. How Hamas assembles rockets & fires from near civilian locations (4:23). Another video of Hamas hiding (1:24) rockets in civilian areas; the video depicts a launch pad some 50 meters from a hotel & 100 meters from a UN building.
2. Israel's tally for Hamas rockets fired from/near schools is nearly 600. In all, the IDF estimates it destroyed 4,762 targets & killed 750-1,000 militants; it destroyed 32 tunnels, 14 of which terminated inside Israel. The linked Times of Israel article presents the IDF's tally in many categories. Included is its tally for Hamas rockets. Of an estimated 10,000 4 weeks ago, 1/3 were fired at Israel, 1/3 destroyed in Gaza by the IDF and 1/3 remain.
Other interesting stats: (a) Of 3,356 rockets fired by Hamas, 116 hit populated Israeli areas, vs. 475 landing inside Gaza--so Hamas rockets landed inside Gaza four times more often than they hit targets inside Israel. (b) A more precise set of figures from the IDF comes later in the news article: 597 launched from civilian facilities, of which 260 were fired from schools, 260 from religious sites, 127 from cemeteries & 59 from hospitals. In all, 18 percent of Hamas rocket firings were from civilian areas.
3. The empty spaces that Hamas could have used to fire rockets from without endangering civilians. Prof. Dershowitz in the linked article discusses international law aspects, and asks three questions: (a) Why didn't the media show the empty spaces on tv? (b) Why didn't Hamas fire rockets from open spaces, and dig tunnels there? (c) Why didn't the UN evacuate Gazans to open areas, and set up tent accommodations?
The common answer, sadly, is that neither the UN nor most media reporters wanted to make Israel look good as it is or Hamas look bad as it is. Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor let fly with politically incorrect truths when he spoke yesterday at a special General Assembly session on Gaza:
This institution was founded to stand for truth, for justice, and for moral clarity. This is no longer the case.
“It might be too much to ask you to stand on our side in this battle between civilization and barbarism, but at least have the decency to swallow your selective outrage while Israel wages war against the extremist groups seeking to eradicate the values that we all hold very dear.
Breitbart posted a list of nine appalling items about Hamas that rarely reach viewers in the U.S. They do these things despite Israel not only trying to avoid killing civilians, but even sending essential support services--electricity, food & medical supplies--into Gaza.
Times of Israel columnist David Horovitz offers his ten takeaways to date from the Third Gaza War. Three especially worth noting (though all merit attention) are: (a) Israel may not have won, but Hamas lost; (b) Egypt has supplanted the U.S. as Israel's diplomatic partner in the region; (c) Israelis are more united than at any time in the past 40 years.
Bottom Line. Hamas, beyond any cavil, used civilians as human shields. If a final deal emerges from Cairo, we will see how much Hamas wins at the bargaining table that it could not win on the battlefield.
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