Reuters Touts Claim: Israeli Anti-Terror Is Self-Defeating
Reuters, which often reprints United Nations anti-Israel and pro-Hamas reports, now touts a B’Tselem-linked study arguing that
The B’Tselem group has been in the forefront against Israeli retaliations for thousands of missile attacks from Hamas-Based Gaza. The organization helped supply the United Nations with claims that led to the United Nations-authorized Goldstone Report to accuse
The study was originally reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was carried out by Johannes Haushofer of the University of
The researchers said the findings “defy the perception that Palestinians attack randomly and demonstrate that both sides damage their own interests with acts of violence.”
Reuters reported that Biletzki, the member of B’Tselem, stated, “The previous evidence suggested that Israeli attacks were often responses to Palestinian aggression, whereas this did not appear to be true for Palestinian attacks. This implied that the conflict was one-sided, with Palestinians attacking
However, the research relied on the number of casualties on each side and did not consider that during the 10 years since the beginning of the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War,
Despite more than 14,000 missiles and mortar attacks, along with dozens of suicide bombings and continuing shooting attacks throughout
Since Cast Lead, the number of missile attacks has plunged and most of the rockets have exploded in open areas, unlike the pre-Cast Lead attacks that devastated major cities in southern
The study also ignored the fact that many of the Arab casualties were “martyrs” who expressed the hope they would be killed. The researchers focused on the relatively low Israeli casualty figures from missile attacks, without noting the widespread property and emotional damage suffered by tens of thousands of Israeli civilians.
Instead, the study concluded that not only did “both sides retaliate” for violence, but also the probability of Israeli deaths increased by 50 percent the day after Israeli forces killed terrorists, which Reuters termed “Palestinians.” The conclusion is that if
The research report concluded that Israeli counterterrorist attacks provoked more missile attacks, and that the murder of Israelis by Arabs increased the likelihood of Arab deaths.
The terrorist attacks from