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JCPA Report — The Gaza War, One Year Later: Lessons Learned and the Potential Danger Ahead

Source: TheJerusalemCenter YouTube Channel Published on Jun 3, 2015 Amb. Dore Gold, Hirsh Goodman, Lt. Col. (res.) David Benjamin, and discuss Operation Protective Edge and analyze how Israel can apply the lessons learned from the war in any future conflict.

 

What follows is a researched and documented narrative of the 2014 Gaza war. While written from an Israeli perspective, this is not a document intended to negate criticism of Israel’s actions during the war or improve Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.

It has but one goal: to relate the truth as it happened; a truth obfuscated by the fog of war and lost in the immediacy of reportage from the battlefield; a truth perverted by those who had interest in doing so, and abused again by the one-sided mandate issued by the UN Human Rights Council on July 23, 2014, which calls for an investigation into events surrounding the war in the “Occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip” – blind to the fact that Israel was the target of thousands of rockets and mortar attacks, all against civilian populations, and with some targeted Israeli areas having three times the population density of Gaza.

There is a school of thought that claims Israel wanted this war. The opposite is true. But, though this was a war Israel did not want, it was a war for which it had planned meticulously, thereby denying Hamas its main weapon: victimhood. Though the images of the moment may have reflected massive damage in Gaza, the truth is that America’s highest-ranking military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, announced in November 2014 that he had sent a Pentagon study group to Israel to learn about the “extraordinary lengths” Israel had undertaken to “limit collateral damage and prevent civilian casualties in the Gaza conflict.”

And it was a war that inadvertently preempted a terrorist massacre against Israel’s heartland, principally through a network of sophisticated tunnels built deep under the border, and intended to stream hundreds of dedicated terrorists, many on suicide missions, in the quiet of night, to destinations where they could kill as many innocent people as possible, and leave Israel mauled as never before.

These are the essential truths of the 2014 Gaza war, truths backed by research, evidence, and accounts of events as they happened. The chapters of this study can leave no doubt as to which party should be in the dock for war crimes and crimes against humanity. More importantly, however, it rings a bell of warning that if Hamas is allowed to escape its crimes, the seeds of the next conflict will be planted.

Hirsh Goodman    Dore Gold Jerusalem 2015

See more at: http://jcpa.org/the-gaza-war-2014-preface/#sthash.duC1PSA0.dpuf or download the PDF here: http://jcpa.org/pdf/The-Gaza-War-2014-Site.pdf

Hamas uses civilians as human shields: IDF tweet, July 20, 2014: “We fired a warning shot at this target in Gaza. In response, these civilians ran to the roof and brought their kids.” Source: JCPA

Hamas uses civilians as human shields: IDF tweet, July 20, 2014: “We fired a warning shot at this target in Gaza. In response, these civilians ran to the roof and brought their kids.” Source: JCPA

Top left: Entrance to an UNRWA school in Rafah, Aug. 3, 2014. Islamic Jihad fighters on a motorcycle were killed outside the school; their bodies were dragged into the school’s courtyard, creating the impression that the IDF targeted the school. Note the bloody drag marks. Top right: The bodies are arranged in the school yard. Note how the pavement is different from the street in the previous photo. Bottom left: An UNRWA staffer (blue vest) oversees the placement of a girl’s body. Note how the UNRWA building now appears closer. Bottom right: The tableau is complete. Note the shadows of the many photographers. (AFP & JCPA)

Top left: Entrance to an UNRWA school in Rafah, Aug. 3, 2014. Islamic Jihad fighters on a motorcycle were killed outside the school; their bodies were dragged into the school’s courtyard, creating the impression that the IDF targeted the school. Note the bloody drag marks. Top right: The bodies are arranged in the school yard. Note how the pavement is different from the street in the previous photo. Bottom left: An UNRWA staffer (blue vest) oversees the placement of a girl’s body. Note how the UNRWA building now appears closer. Bottom right: The tableau is complete. Note the shadows of the many photographers. (AFP & JCPA)

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