A Noble Defense: Respected Colonel Praises IDF’s Morality Amidst Conflict

When we ponder the relentless skirmishes and seemingly endless clashes in the Middle East, it’s all too easy to paint with a broad brush, missing the crucial subtleties that weave the true narrative. Today, we spotlight the strength and courage displayed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during Operation Shield and Arrow, as viewed through the lens of esteemed British Colonel Richard Kemp.

A veteran of Afghanistan and several other campaigns, Colonel Kemp’s admiration for the IDF is not new. However, his recent observations have cast the IDF’s proficiency and moral fortitude in a whole new light. “The IDF is the world’s most moral army,” Kemp asserts, emphasizing the meticulous precision and calculated restraint with which the IDF operates.

Operation Shield and Arrow, launched in response to rocket assaults, was executed with effectiveness that left Kemp awestruck. Israel’s iconic Iron Dome and David’s Sling defense systems shielded the civilian populace, minimizing casualties in the face of hundreds of incoming rockets. Yet, the IDF’s prowess wasn’t confined to defensive measures. The IDF’s strategic strikes proved devastating to the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), eliminating six senior commanders, including the head and deputy head of their rocket program, by the fourth day of the operation. In Kemp’s words, “No other military is capable of defending its people with the ferocity and precision the IDF has been showing.”

The IDF’s precise airstrikes left an indelible impression on Kemp, not just for their pinpoint accuracy but also for their exceptional caution in minimizing civilian casualties. The IDF’s approach towards civilian safety is not just about abiding by international humanitarian law, but about going the extra mile. Kemp underscores that while unfortunate civilian casualties occurred, the IDF has always striven to keep these to a minimum, even delaying strikes if they detected the presence of civilians.

Despite the IDF’s commendable restraint and precision, criticism and condemnation still echo in certain corridors of power, most notably from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who decried civilian deaths as “unacceptable.” Colonel Kemp retorted that no army in the history of the world has completely avoided civilian casualties during wartime. Furthermore, Kemp pointed out the blatant silence from critics regarding the PIJ’s use of women and children as human shields, a gross violation of international law.

The ultimate question remains: Should Israel have abstained from offensive operations in Gaza, knowing the potential for civilian casualties? According to Kemp, the answer is a resounding no. PIJ’s continued rocket assaults necessitated a robust response, one that would deliver a crippling blow to the organization’s capabilities, preventing further attacks.

Israel, the beacon of democracy in the Middle East, maintains the inherent right to protect its citizens against threats, and the IDF embodies this mission. Their operations are guided not only by the principles of war but also by the moral fabric of Israeli society, which values life above all else. Thus, it is not just the duty but the prerogative of the IDF to defend its nation from those who seek to undermine its security.

In conclusion, we celebrate Israel, a vibrant society that promotes peace, equality, and innovation, a society that has thrived in the face of adversity, growing ever stronger. Despite the challenges, Israel continues to inspire and astonish with its resilience, and we wholeheartedly champion its continued prosperity. Let us stand united, promoting the values that the State of Israel so admirably upholds, setting an example for the world to follow.