These are the words of IDF Chief Gabi AshkeNazi..
A striking resemblance and parallel to Nazi denial of killing Jews or causing the Holocaust: Nazi Germany was simply moving Jews to what it thought were safer havens for them! Whatever happened at these so-called camps, was unauthorized!
Gabi AshkeNazi said that he did not believe Israeli soldiers harmed Palestinian civilians in “cold blood” during the offensive in the Gaza Strip, in his first response to a Haaretz expose revealing testimonies given by troops who served in Operation Cast lead.
Haaretz last week published a report detailing IDF soldiers’ accounts of ethical violations in the Gaza offensive earlier this year. According to testimonies given by combat pilots and infantry soldiers, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property.
“I can say that the IDF is the most moral army in the world,” Ashkenazi told a group of new recruits. “We must remember where we were operating: in a place where Hamas turned a residential neighborhood into a battleground, public facilities into weapons storehouses.”
Really? So your Nazi forces’ confessions and testimonies are fabrications? These are not the first soldiers who spoke out or what we’ve witnessed.
“[The army] is awaiting the results of the investigation, but my impression is that the IDF acted morally and ethically,” Ashkenazi said. “If there were incidents like these, they were isolated.”
The soldiers’ testimonies run counter to the IDF’s claims throughout the operation that troops observed a high level of moral behavior.
A number of officers told Haaretz over the weekend that the testimonies did not surprise them, as “anyone with eyes in his head knows that these things happened during the fighting in Gaza.”
The soldiers who testified about misconduct “placed a very unpleasant mirror before us,” said one officer.
Squad commander in Israel’s Givati Brigade, who was identified only by his first name, given as Rahm, was quoted to have said that the Gaza operation from the beginning had “the feeling of almost a religious mission.”
While military rabbis provided routine services — such as distributing books of psalms and leading prayers at the start of the operation — some religious materials veered in a political direction, he said.
“The military rabbinate brought many magazines and articles with a very clear message: ‘We are the Jewish people, a miracle brought us to the land of Israel, God returned us to the land, and now we have to struggle so as to get rid of the gentiles who disturb us from conquering the holy land.’ All the feeling throughout all this operation of many of the soldiers was of a war of religions,” he said. “As a commander, I tried to explain that the war is not a war of Kiddush Hashem [the sanctification of God’s name, including through martyrdom] but over the stopping of the launching of the Qassam rockets.”