This is getting to be a habit. The IDF’s third assassination attempt in a row has ended with multiple dead civilians. Two dead and among them a woman seven months pregnant. This time like the most recent attempt ended with IDF failure to kill the intended targets. The bad guys get away. The innocent suffer. Isn’t that the way it goes in Palestine? Actually, in Israel as well as the residents of Sderot are also innocent victims of Palestinian rocket fire. The prime difference is that the IDF kills far more civilians than the Palestinians. Five Israelis have died in four years of Qassam shelling while 13 Palestinian civilians have died this month alone.
Maybe we’ll have to start calling those IDF pilots the ‘gang that can’t shoot straight.’ Actually, that’s a bad joke. Not funny. But after so many of these disastrous strikes what else can one resort to? Only bad taste comes to mind unfortunately.
Here’s how today’s mayhem went down:
Two Palestinian civilians were killed and 14 others – all members of the same family – were wounded in an Israel Air Force strike in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening. ..
Three children were among the wounded…Medical personnel in Gaza said…that some of the wounded were in critical condition.
The 37-year-old woman killed in the strike, Fatima El-Barbarwi, was seven months pregnant. The other casualty was her brother, a 45-year-old doctor named Zakariya Ahmed residing in Saudi Arabia.
Ahmed was visiting his sister in Gaza and the family had settled down for the evening meal when they were hit by the missile. A pool of blood marked the floor in their kitchen.
Doctors tried to save the woman’s seven-month-old fetus, but failed, they said.
Palestinian witnesses said the apparent target of the IAF strike had been a jeep carrying members of the Popular Resistance Committees but the missile struck the house instead. A witness said the vehicle carrying the Palestinian militants passed by the house as the explosion occurred. The men inside jumped out of the car and ran into a nearby field.
How’s this for a pathetic response from the IDF:
“What happened in this case, the missile simply missed,” said the IDF spokeswoman.
A senior IAF officer, speaking on condition of anonymity under military regulations, said the missile missed its target by several dozen meters.
Several dozen meters? That’s outrageous. The IDF boasts of pinpoint accuracy yet misses its targets by wide margins. Next time the Palestinians should erect visual aids to help improve the pilot’s aim. Again, another bad joke. Excuse me but my bile is getting the better of me.
Oh, you’ll be pleased and reassured to know the IDF is appointing yet another inquiry into the recent spate of civilian deaths through IDF action. If it’s anything like the one into the Gaza beach massacre you can be sure it will be thorough, credible and exhaustive and won’t stop till it gets at the truth. Ahem!
There is one very small positive development here. Amir Peretz has apparently decided, at least for the time being, to suspend the IDF artillery barrage against Palestinian rocket launchers after the embarrassment of the Gaza beach massacre. But he’s turned with a vengeance to targeted assassinations by air as his fallback tactic. The only other choice is a land invasion to reoccupy Gaza, which Israel wishes to avoid at all costs becauses it wants the spotlight to remain on the mess that Hamas and Fatah are making of ruling Gaza. But attacks from the air are–judging by the IDF’s recent abysmal failures–apparently just as flawed a tactic as artillery barrages. I wonder how long it’ll take for this to sink in?
Amos Harel writes an informative piece in Haaretz, Nothing ‘surgical’ about air force attacks in urban areas, which states in part:
…There is a flawed impression in Israel that it is possible to carry out an assassination without harming innocent civilians.