Israel and the Palestinians are going through the hardest days in recent years. Street riots and armed conflict continued for several days at the same time.
In addition to the exchange of violent air and rocket attacks between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that is in power in Gaza, Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli police and counter-protesters not only in Jerusalem and other cities where the crisis began.
At least 83 people were killed in the conflict in Gaza, 7 people were killed next to Israel, and hundreds of people were injured on both sides. The vortex of mutual escalation has not stopped. A new war between Israel and Gaza is louder, but some people are worried about the outbreak of some kind of civil war or the third uprising of Israel itself.
Index and Israel’s Ambassador to Croatia, Ilan Moore, conducted extensive interviews on this dramatic crisis. The following is the content of the interview, which has been partially shortened due to the length of the interview.
I don’t know why you come to the conclusion that we are preparing to invade the land, but this is one of the possibilities. Israel is currently targeting major urban areas across the country, experiencing a massive wave of terrorism. We clearly see terrorist organizations, Hamas and Islamic Jihad attacking the heart of Israel, attacking Israeli civilian settlements and cities, and these attacks have even extended to Tel Aviv and other areas. No country can tolerate such extreme terrorism and violations of its sovereignty and citizens. Israel has the right to defend its citizens while maintaining all options.
Hamas has placed its facilities in the heart of the civilian population, including in high-rise buildings containing several military targets. Hamas uses the civilian population as a shield for mankind. They attacked the population centers of Israel indiscriminately. For this reason, Hamas and terrorist organizations committed double war crimes, killing and indiscriminately in the center of the civilian population hiding among civilians. Every rocket launched into Israel is terrorism and war crime. Hamas and terrorist organizations have committed more than 1,700 war crimes in the past three days. Israel has taken measures for several weeks to stop the deterioration and escalate the situation. A wave of rockets and terrorism from the Gaza Strip responded to these steps.
There is no way to compare Israel, a sovereign state with the right to self-defense, and terrorist organizations. No country will tolerate such terrorism and aggression, and behave in exactly the same way. The question is what Croatia will do. All responsibility for the escalation rests entirely with Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.
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Those who want to strike a balance between us and Hamas, a terrorist organization that denies Israel’s right to exist, fail to grasp this.I recommend readers to read Hamas Charter, This is an anti-Semitic document that only approves the killing of Jews based on their religious beliefs. Hamas has been branded as a terrorist organization by many countries in the world (including the United States and the European Union).
In addition, any “balanced” statement from certain countries, especially from the European Union, ignores reality. It does not condemn Hamas’s terrorist activities against sovereign nations like Israel, and does not support Israel’s right to self-defense. It is the wrong point and strengthens Hamas and other terrorist organizations. This “balanced” approach will also harm all future negotiations between us and the Palestinians.
Israel is fighting terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, opposing long-range and medium-range missiles used to produce infrastructure with Iran’s knowledge and support, as well as missiles aimed at Israeli civilian centers. I never thought that my two grandchildren who lived east of Tel Aviv would have to spend two nights in a shelter.
Therefore, the ground invasion is one of a series of options considered by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) military leaders together with Israeli politicians. After Hamas bombed our central area, causing huge losses, killing 7 civilians and 1 soldier, including a young boy, we were unable to return to normal. Hundreds of other Israelis have suffered physical injuries or mental trauma. Every country has the right to stop such terrorist attacks. Imagine that we are sitting in Zagreb now and are launching a rocket from Sljeme to the center of Ilica. What will the Croatian government do?
That is exactly what I said before. Laughing at the shields of humanity, the innocent civilians of Hamas, the location of the war headquarters, production facilities, the interior of civil buildings-for example, there is a rocket silo in the basement or on the first floor, and Palestinian families live in peace on the other floors, and on the tenth floor, you There is a Hamas war room. As you said, we warned civilians because we didn’t want to beat them.
As a humanitarian act, we called these poor civilians and told them: “You have 15 minutes to evacuate because we will attack the building.” They left and were unaffected. In addition, there have been many planned air strikes in Gaza in the past, but they were all interrupted at the last moment because we received news that there were civilians there. Tell me about another army in the world that does this! I sympathize with civilian casualties. They are not the target of the Israeli army, nor can they resist Hamas, which is the fundamentalist dictatorship that controls Gaza with an iron fist.
Let me also share new information with you. This information clearly states that 20% to 30% of the rockets launched by Hamas and other terrorist organizations fall on the territory of the Gaza Strip. We have signs that at least 9 Palestinian children were killed by rockets that missed their targets.
This is a political decision made by the prosecutor at the end of his term to direct his successor to priorities. Therefore, this turns the court into a tool in the hands of extremists. Over the years, the International Criminal Court has proven to be a unilateral organization that favors the State of Israel. Israel is not a member of the International Criminal Court. The latter often criticizes Israel, which is the only democratic country in the Middle East. This country has an independent and effective legal system and is capable of investigating any violations of the law on its own. We do not need moral preaching from the International Criminal Court and other countries, which will only polarize relations with the Palestinians. ICC once again placed the terrorist organization Hamas at the same level as the sovereign state of Israel. That’s funny. The fact that a deadly terrorist organization welcomed this decision is the best proof of its moral value.