Hamas' greatest strategic assetThis is spot-on:
Their greatest strategic asset is the knowledge that, however outrageous their behavior, large segments of the press and political class (especially in Europe), and the “human rights” and international communities led by the United Nations will effectively side with them, directing their wrath primarily at Israel, and protecting them from total defeat, so that they can proclaim victory from the ruin and devastation they authored.
Hamas knows that, despite the consistent evidence of their mendacity, their fabrications will be widely disseminated as facts by news and human rights groups. These lies inflict enormous damage on Israel even when the truth later emerges. Any honest observer appreciates that the Israel Defense Forces exert greater efforts to minimize civilian casualties than any army in history, and actually have a civilian-to-fighter casualty ratio that is relatively low for modern warfare (despite the fact that Hamas designs its chosen battlefield specifically to maximize civilian damage).
But Hamas knows that the press will gleefully play the body-count game, as though its infographics speak to causation or moral culpability. They also know that every conflagration they provoke causes the world’s oldest hatred to bubble up again, more virulently each time.
These are the carcinogens that feed this cancer and fan the flames of violence in the region. When Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch (HRW), arguably the world’s most powerful human rights organization, tweets that, “Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn't [a human rights violation],” Hamas is encouraged to dig more tunnels.
When MP David Ward says that he would fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza, Hamas is urged to fire more rockets.When Business Secretary Vince Cable decides to suspend UK arms export licences to Israel when Hamas violates cease-fires and Israel retaliates, Hamas is incentivized to violate cease-fires.
When Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director declares it, “abhorrent that Israeli forces are . . . blatantly violating the laws of war" (based solely on interviews with Gaza residents), when the United Nations Human Rights Commission orders yet another lopsided anti-Israel “fact-finding” mission, and its High Commissioner Navi Pillay offers platitudes of moral equivalence accusing “both sides” of “indiscriminate killing of civilians,” when empty-headed celebrities blabber incoherently about Israeli “massacres” and “genocide,” then Hamas knows that its diabolical tactics are working.
The blood of those Palestinian children (and Israel’s children) is on the hands of those who irresponsibly, even if unwittingly, give Hamas such support, hope and inspiration.Read the whole thing.
The picture at the top is 'human rights watch' director Ken Roth.
But then, we've known for a long time that the 'human rights' industry is just another cover for anti-Semitism, haven't we?