Message from IDF Soldier to UN and Mr. Ban-Ki Moon
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This is a guest post by an Israeli soldier who recently spent 17 days fighting in Gaza. The words are his...the anger is mine. I hurt for this young man, for what he witnessed, for the friends he lost. I thank him for allowing me to post this here; I thank him for his service and love of Israel and hope he knows that this love is returned. He has our pride, our love, our gratitude.
From an Israeli Soldier to Ban-Ki Moon and the United Nations
This morning, after 17 nights of sleeping in my IDF uniform and shoes, i finally woke up at home. Sadly, I woke up to a very disturbing headline produced by the head of the U.N.
Mr. Ban-Ki Moon declared yesterday that Israel has committed countless war crimes during Operation "Protective Edge" and called for the prosecution of those who bombed and fired at UNRWA institutions in Gaza.
I would like to share with you some of my experiences during this operation. I do not feel the need to elaborate about the hurt, anger and pain I feel today, after losing friends and soldiers, because hurting is, unfortunately, the fate of both sides of the conflict.
Yet, I do feel the need to explain why I believe the U.N declaration yesterday is false and biased. A team of soldiers that serves in my unit entered an UNRWA health clinic in Khan Younis on July 30th. According to Israeli intelligence, this health clinic allowed Hamas to dig a terror tunnel in the first floor of the building.
When the soldiers entered the clinic (and found the terror tunnel), twelve 80 kilo barrels of explosives were activated, killing three of our soldiers and injuring most of the other members of the team.
Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, if you want to prosecute those who bombed UNRWA institutions in Gaza, please Sir, go ahead.
Unfortunately I can not share the details of the missions I took part in during this operation but I feel the urge to share with you the decision making process that is held when it comes to bombing terror centers and terrorists.
I will first say that the IDF uses the smartest and most expensive missiles available in order to kill terrorists, and terrorists only. These missiles are very accurate and strike only the places where the terrorists hide, causing minimal damage to the neighborhoods adjacent to these terror locations.
The decision making process that is held by the commanders of the IDF includes viewing the area and understanding that there are no innocent bystanders that might get hurt from the bombing.
Please believe me when I say that I have held my fire countless times, knowing that terrorists will get away, because innocent people might have been hurt.
I am not afraid to write this information because it is already known and used by Hamas terrorists that launch their rockets from schools and hide in hospitals. They already know our merciful policy.
Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, if you want to prosecute me for war crimes, go right ahead. I will leave all my details below, for your convenience. [A Soldier's Mother adds: I have deleted them and Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, if you wish to prosecute this IDF soldier, you will have to go through me and every other citizen of Israel first!]
Hamas is a problem that waits for a U.N solution. I, as well as the rest of the world, hurt for the loss of innocent lives in Gaza. I really do. But with that said, our country cannot continue living with the threat of rockets being launched at us.
Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, perhaps instead of blaming Israel for supposedly committing war crimes, the U.N should concentrate more on fixing this terrible problem in order that no more Israeli civilians, no more young Israeli soldiers, and no more innocent Gazans will die.
--- A Soldier of the Israel Defense Forces
(Name withheld until such time as the world wakes up and recognizes the true guilty party in Gaza)