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July 20, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is apparently displeased with Israel for the way they are defending themselves from Hamas rocket attacks.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday — one of five talk shows on which Kerry made an appearance — the secretary of state was caught on an open mic talking to an aide about Israel’s efforts so far:

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said to an aide on the phone, with some measure of frustration.

His comments seemed to be criticizing the Israeli government’s assurances about the limited scope of its attack and ground invasion of Gaza.

Kerry, speaking by phone to one of his top aides, then added: “We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”

Kerry was confronted on air by host Chris Wallace, who asked if Kerry was implying that the Israeli government had gone too far in its Gaza operations.

“While you were on camera and while you were on microphone, you just talked to one of your top aides about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have apparently been shot and killed in an operation,” Wallace said.

Kerry stood by his comments, while defending Israel’s right to defend itself.

“It’s tough to have these kind of operations. I reacted, obviously, in a way that anybody does with respect to young children and civilians,” Kerry said,

“War is tough. I’ve said that publicly and I’ve said it again. We defend Israeli’s right to do what it is doing,” Kerry said.

“We support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in. Hamas has started its process of rocketing after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young [people] — one American kid, three young Israelis,” Kerry said.

If Israel was not engaged in a “pinpoint operation,” the casualties might be 10 times higher. If Israel was not engaged in a “pinpoint operation,” they wouldn’t have called every resident of that neighborhood two days ago telling them to leave. (What other nation in the history of warfare tells their enemy they are coming in order to minimize civilian casualties?)

Kerry is a putz. He gives Israel no credit for their efforts to avoid civilian casualties while failing to note that Hamas is using civilians as human shields. The more dead babies the better for Hamas. They’ve been playing this game a long time.

Kerry was probably reacting to the news that 70 Palestinians had been killed in Israel’s offensive today. He might have mentioned that 13 Israeli soldiers also lost their lives. He might also have said that it is unknown how many of the 70 dead Palestinians were shooting at Israeli soldiers.

In short, blaming Israel for the tactics of Hamas is irrational, illogical, and indicative of an anti-Israeli bias.

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Let me give you an idea of how it would have been if Israel had gone after Palestinian civilians or, more precisely, paid no attention to the civilians as they seek Hamas "soldiers" (sic). Many times here in German tv I have seen and unedited news reel depicting the advance of the the US Army during WW II from Aachen to somewhere in middle Germany. These films never made it into the news of the time (perhaps because on occassion a dead American soldier was to be seen). As the Americans followedroughtly down the Rhine news was that the Wehrmacht was held up in Pforzheim, a small city. House to house fighting, particularly if SS were thereby, would be costly for American life. So, an airstrike was called to clear the way. It lasted 3 hours (remember WW II planes) leaving 19,000+ dead, mostly civilians. Upon approaching Pforzheim a day or so later, there was no resistance. None! Indeed, it became a habit of German civilians in smaller cities to ask the Wehrmacht not to stay in their city--staying meaning total destruction by the Americans. The civilians wanted, after being conquered, to have a city with houses, etc, not rubble, to live in. So, the reader can grasp by comparison what Gaza cities would look like had the Israelis treated them like the Americans treated Pforzheim.
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" the casualties might be 10 times higher"

They were more than that, when NATO bombed Kosovo.

Anyone who tells us to be more restrained is a damned hypocrite.
21 weeks ago
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Israel is in a no win situation... Hamas attacks from civilian housing and schools.. If Israel is going to hurt Hamas they must attack these targets... so they do the fighting of foot as much as possible to save civilian lives... They also announce ahead of time where they are coming to fight.... So this is a rigged game 100% against Israel...
The solution is obvious.... Take this fight to the bitter end, go after Hamas and drive them into the sea and kill every last one of them.
Then put Gaza under Israel control, those civilians who want to flee Gaza, let them go in peace... Now make Gaza as it was back before Sharon gave it up... Fill it up with people from Israel and never, ever turn it loose again.
The next geographic area that houses those who are attacking Israel, once again drive them into the sea and take that land and turn it into more Israel.
Soon all of the land of King David will be Israel with this policy... Only take land, give nothing back.... Maybe one day Israel will be the land of Abraham....from the river Egypt to the Euphrates....
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Last line: "In short, blaming Israel for the tactics of Hamas is irrational, illogical, and indicative of an anti-Israeli bias."

So, what else is new? Standard operating procedure for this administration.
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When the operation was focused mainly on destroying buildings that housed militants and missiles and the launching pads, it was perhaps possible to target just those sites with fewer civilian casualties, even if they were situated in or adjacent to civilians, provided Hamas and other terrorist groups did not prevent the civilian from leaving. However, when the focus was shifted to the tunnels, after terrorists entered Israel with intention to,c'v's, kidnap or kill Israelis in nearby moshavim, then the pinpointed airstrikes became less possible. These tunnels, built of heavy concrete, demanded by the nations after the destruction in the Cast Lead op of 2008-9, has proven indestructible from the air, and is used for storage of missiles and guarded routes for terrorist excursions into Israel. In this recent battle in the Hamas stronghold of Shejaiya, a Gaza City neighborhood, the tunneling is very extensive, it is for this reason that this area was attacked using more conventional means that would also provide some support for the Israeli troops entering such a dangerous environment. As always, warnings were made, as well as humanitarian ceasefires to give a chance for civilians to leave, along with the dead and wounded, and, as usual, these ceasefires were breached by Hamas. It would seem from Kerry's remarks that the IDF is supposed to sustain more casualties in order to protect the civilians that Hamas so cynically abuses.
Other points not raised:
1)Perhaps some of the civilians tried to leave but Hamas, who has threatened the populace previously about leaving, has now killed some of their own to set an example for those who would do so.
2) the question about who is actually an "innocent civilian" has not been raised properly,(ignoring the fact that these people did vote into power an organization whose main objective in it's charter is to clear all of Israel of Jews) the subsequent story will illustrate a good reason to infer the culpability of civilians:

Several of the infiltrations, into Israel, have been complicated for the IDF because the terrorists were wearing copies of IDF uniforms, resulting in IDF soldier deaths and a much greater threat because of the delay in identifying the enemy. One really cannot see the picture of Hamas militants sitting down at a sewing machine and sewing up some uniforms for themselves. Obviously, some of these "innocent civilian" women are aiding and abetting these potential murderers. These women are the same that would gladly strap a suicide bomb to their children if it could maim and murder other children, Jewish that is. One must also ask what kind of parent would let their kids go out and play soccer in a war zone? In Kerry's home state those parents would be brought into court for, at the least, child abuse charges.
The worst enemies of the people of Gaza is not the Israelis but rather the Hamas, et. al, and the parents, of a good portion that live there with their horrible twisted minds
22 weeks ago
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Let me give you an idea of how it would have been if Israel had gone after Palestinian civilians or, more precisely, paid no attention to the civilians as they seek Hamas "soldiers" (sic). Many times here in German tv I have seen and unedited news reel depicting the advance of the the US Army during WW II from Aachen to somewhere in middle Germany. These films never made it into the news of the time (perhaps because on occassion a dead American soldier was to be seen). As the Americans followedroughtly down the Rhine news was that the Wehrmacht was held up in Pforzheim, a small city. House to house fighting, particularly if SS were thereby, would be costly for American life. So, an airstrike was called to clear the way. It lasted 3 hours (remember WW II planes) leaving 19,000+ dead, mostly civilians. Upon approaching Pforzheim a day or so later, there was no resistance. None! Indeed, it became a habit of German civilians in smaller cities to ask the Wehrmacht not to stay in their city--staying meaning total destruction by the Americans. The civilians wanted, after being conquered, to have a city with houses, etc, not rubble, to live in. So, the reader can grasp by comparison what Gaza cities would look like had the Israelis treated them like the Americans treated Pforzheim.
22 weeks ago
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So Kerry just found out war is messy. This guy is as stupid as he looks.
22 weeks ago
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You have to realize that almost everyone in the world agrees with him. It's not an isolated opinion.

He's not right, but Israel needs to understand that most the world hates them and is just champing at the bit to complain about them.

A ground invasion was the dumbest thing they could possibly have done. They will be made out to be war criminals, they will suffer deaths, and in the end, Hamas will be back up to their usual tricks in a year or two.

It will all be for nothing and just make Israel look more and more like a villain in the world. And lose lives that they can't replace as quickly as the Palestinians.

With young people tacking more and more left, the support in the US is not going to last more than another 10-15 years.
22 weeks ago
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And we should let the tunnels alone? Do you think we like ground operations? I was at two (2) funerals today in my city, Haifa, one a boy from the neighborhood (widow and two children) and one a Texan. Now that we see the tunnels leading into Israel, everyone is so grateful the ceasefire was broken by Hamas.

Or do you mean we should have bombed scorched earth, like NATO in Kosovo (10 civilians killed to one soldier).
21 weeks ago
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Do you really think that the world would suddenly love Israel if it were obliterated?
22 weeks ago
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No. There would be concerted attempts in other countries to finish the job.
21 weeks ago
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So your advice to the Israelis is to just hunker down until Hamas runs out of missiles? Great strategy! NOT!

Israel has every right to go kill those effing aholes - every one of them. And before they are done they should take bulldozers and plow up every sh%thole home business and government building. Leave nothing standing. That way there won't be any desire for anyone to remain in Gaza - they can all go home to wherever they came from - Lebanon - Syria - Egypt - etc. And Israel will end up with a bit more land than what they started with. Beach front property at that!

As long as 'most of the world hates' them they may as well get some mileage out of the hate and give 'them' a reason for the hate. Me? I'll still love and admire them for what they are - the last bastion/last stand of the West. They MUST win - at all cost. If Israel falls the West is done - and the end won't be long in coming.

22 weeks ago
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And your advice is to live all the tunnels be?
Brilliant. You may seek a job with the Obama admin.
21 weeks ago
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His family was Jewish. They picked an anglo name, and converted.
22 weeks ago
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Kerry is rooting for the success of Hamas' strategy of putting Palestinian civilians in harms way as human shields for their weapons and Jihadists. He is expressing his disappointment in Israel's success in avoiding civilization casualities.

22 weeks ago
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I don't think Kerry represents the American individuals, however it shows up he does represent a worldwide motivation that is CFR lead and Democrat/RINO underpinned.

http://buytwitterfollower.org
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