The Israeli newspaper which is known for being both pro-settler, and pro-war, Times of Israel, published an editorial which sought to legitimize committing genocide against the citizens of Gaza.
This is no exaggeration, nor a polemic characterization of what the op-ed piece said or meant. The author plainly explained, throughout the piece, that genocide should be okay if the victims are Palestinians.
Naturally, as soon as this hawkish paper got wind of how far one of their contributors had gone, they immediately took the piece down.
It is, however, reproduced here (below) in its entirety, as this shows the mindset of some of the most hawkish right-wing minds in Israel today.
I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems — and judging by the number of foul calls it would indicate — that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live……it’s now obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war—because when it comes to terror there is much more than meets the eye.
News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian…I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?
The full column is screen captured in the image below (click to expand to full size):
The Times of Israel has issued an apology note saying it has not only removed the article, but has “discontinued the writer’s blog.” Even the racist author, Yochanan Gordon has now apologized for his post:
I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on 5TJT.com, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.
The author, nevertheless, insists “that the US and the UN are completely out of touch” with the realities Israel faces. His racist article quickly received 300 Facebook likes and was re-tweeted more than 3,000 times before the Times’ website removed it.
(Article by Ari Simeon and M.B. David) VIA Counter Current News