Israeli Justice Minister: IDF Entitled to Kill Everyone in South Lebanon

From the BBC today:

Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon “said that in order to prevent casualties among Israeli soldiers battling Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon, villages should be flattened by the Israeli air force before ground troops moved in.
He added that Israel had given the civilians of southern Lebanon ample time to quit the area and therefore anyone still remaining there could be considered a Hezbollah supporter.

“All those now in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to Hezbollah,” Mr Ramon said.

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Ramon made these comments on Israeli Army radio. He was apparently not asked about the IDF’s practice of blowing up the cars full of civilians fleeing south Lebanon.

Ramon has made stark the standards that the Israelis are using, and there is no excuse for any American politician or citizen to continue denying that the Israelis are intentionally targeting civilians en masse.

Bush again embraced Israel’s effort in Lebanon today – even after the Justice Minister’s comments.

  • Hamid Kweli

    Well, lets just look at this point of view: Imagine, America was under attack DAILY with at least 100 rockets, being fired from, lets say, Canada, or Mexico, and then the US goverment warned all the “civilians” that were “housing” the launching sites from which to fire these rockets, that they had 12 hours to vacate the area and anyone left could be subject to an attack. The “civilians” who didnt leave, didnt leave because they supported the attacks. And its not like the rockets were being fired by an army, they were terrorists! who hide behind woman and child. AND they wear masks! They SHOULD be deleated so that the people on both sides can live in peace.

    What do you think?

  • I agree with the above commentor (Hamid Kweli)

    He is absolutely right. Israel left all of Lebanon over a decade ago yet Hezbollah’s posturing, arming, targetting, killing & invading CONTINUES! There is no “occupation”, and even if there was, exactly what business is it of the Iranian Hezbollah (the occupying force of Lebanon).

    Israel is the most humane army in the world. It could take out all of its enemies in a fortnight yet it does not.

    The only nation in world history to offer concessions to the LOSER of a war, a party that was weaker & the instigator of the wars (Arabs). Israel did this without any pressure, they did it because it is a moral nation.

    BUT, every Israeli concession, every offer of peace leads to increased Jewish deaths. If this conflict is about land then why is there correlation between giving Arabs what they say they want and increases in attacks against Jews.

    Israel offers Oslo to Arafat (who was irrelevant, living in his Tunisian mansion) – the result Arab rocks turned to guns, turned to suicide bombs, turned to rockets

    Israel leaves all of Lebanon, result: Hezbollah invades Israel, lobs hundreds of rockets into it.

    Israel leaves areas of West Bank, the result? Anarchy, increased militancy and terror!

    Israel leaves the entire area of Gaza, it even moves Jewish graves, it even leave millions of dollars worth of greenhouses to the Arabs as a sign of goodwill… Result? The greenhouses are destroyed within 24 hours, Hamas uses areas the IDF used to patrol as launching points for their rockets, they have launched between 3500 – 7000 rockets into Israeli areas since Israel made Gaza 100% JEW FREE!

    All this over a fake grievance by Arab Nationalists & (increasingly) Islamists who do not know their own history. No Arab country called Palestine has existed in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD. If you can prove otherwise I offer a $10,000 prize http:\\wingless.aoriginality.com

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    So do explain! PLEASE EXPLAIN! SOMEBODY