Operation Cast Lead began on December 27, 2008 when Israel launched a military offensive in Gaza and ended on January 18, 2009 when the Israelis declared a unilateral ceasefire. The offensive was in response to many years of unceasing attacks from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian factions on Israeli civilians and population centers, most of which took the form of rocket and mortar fire. The aim of the offensive was to bring these attacks to a halt and stop the importation of arms into the territory.
From the moment Cast Lead ended Israel has been constantly vilified by news and human rights organizations all over the world, the United Nations and its various agencies and pundits and Palestinian apologists everywhere because Hamas claimed that most of the casualties inflicted by the Israelis were civilian and not combatants…that Israel in fact purposely targeted civilians and killed or injured many more of them than it did combatants. She was the victim of the notorious Goldstone Report, a biased, one sided U.N. “investigation” that has been thoroughly discredited many times over which nevertheless gained a certain credence and the endorsement of numerous countries. Israel has been denying these accusations for almost two years, to no avail.
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad admitted yesterday that Hamas had been lying about the casualties all along. He told London’s Al-Hayat newspaper that Israel was telling the truth from the beginning and that the vast majority of Palestinian casualties were combatants, not civilians, just as the Israelis have always said they were. His remarks served to exonerate Israel from the charges that were leveled against her and embarrass and discredit all those who made them, including Goldstone yet again.
Don’t expect anyone to apologize or acknowledge that their accusations were unwarranted and dead wrong however- don’t even expect that this extraordinary admission will be covered to any significant degree by the mainstream media, if its covered at all. Hammad will no doubt retract his statements and that might get covered but nothing else will.
Anti-Israel bias anyone?