FPRI – Disproportionate Force in Gaza? Context Matters – 23 May 2018


If open-fire orders were violated, then those responsible must be addressed accordingly. In the same spirit that Hamas must respond to those residents it sent to the fence, the IDF must ask itself whether the response was proportional or if alternative measures (non-lethal) could have been implemented before open-fire orders were given.

These are weighty questions that demand rational, tempered discussion. While one hopes that the Qatar-Egypt effort will prove successful, in the meantime both sides must ask themselves difficult, and painful, questions. What is clear, once the external “noise” fades, is that the battleground, as always, remains in the exclusive purview of the protagonists.