Apr. 21, 2016
Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says that presidential candidates have their facts wrong on Israel:
Another salient fact is that every area evacuated by Israel — whether in southern Lebanon or in Gaza — has been transformed into a terror base for the firing thousands of rockets at Israeli neighborhoods. All the candidates agree that Israel has the right to defend itself against these onslaughts, yet questions have been raised about the extent to which Israel should exercise that right.
The answer is simple.
As a sovereign state, Israel takes all reasonable steps to protect its civilians from terrorists as well as all reasonable steps to avoid inflicting civilian casualties on the other side. Those steps, however, cannot be judged separately from a situation in which the terrorists are doing their utmost to kill our civilians while using their own as human shields. Israel does not bomb hospitals, but the terrorists hide out beneath them and hide their rockets in schools and homes. Any appearance of disproportionality is the terrorists’ fault, not Israel’s.