Listen now | A conversation with Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, IDF International Spokesman, on the purposes of humanitarian aid, what America's support does and doesn't mean, the 47 atrocity-movie and naming this war.
This war is justified. The Hamas needs to be eliminated and take out the Hezbollah. The government is doing the right thing surgically removing these bastards. Unfortunately in war there’s always death of civilians. This is ghastly for the IDF. The PTSD involved in urban warfare is severe and your soldiers are brave in face of this brutality. Godspeed Israel
There is a simple solution to the madness of killing innocent civilians on both sides and resolving years conflict.....for Israel to get out of West Bank and Gaza and allow Palestinians to build their own country just as Israel has built its. And second for Israel to recognize that the Jews who remained from Romans to Ottoman and changed their religions to Christianity or Islam, are still Jews and equally entitled to same heritage as anyone in that land.
You two seem so out of touch about Joe Biden and his intent towards Israel and Jews. Perhaps, you think it strategic not to speak honestly since Israel needs the US due to weapon dependencies . You actually ask “Will the US let Israel continue?” Has Israel joined the the United States as a vassal while I slept?
Listen to American citizens. Listen to what real Americans think of the Biden and Obama position on Israel and the Jewish people. Look what the United States allows in its streets. Listen to Jewish students in American schools. The democrat party is widely perceived as illegitimate and anti-Semitic right now. When you embrace its leaders you seem delusional and self destructive. And too dishonest to take seriously.
The solidarity and courage of your people is admirable; I wish we could find a similar resolve in broken, divided Britain.
Secondly on the film; I have read a description by a British and Jewish journalist,which horrified and saddened me. Yesterday I asked a friend -a practising Christian-if she knew what had happened on October the 7th.
No, she hadn't read about it and believed that 'both sides are equally bad'.
Many people share this opinion, unfortunately.
Well done ! Sharing everywhere !
Beware Israel, the mood amongst our so called leaders is shifting; Sunak has just blindsided us with a frankly unbelievable reshuffle and the centrist management types are back in charge.
Suella Braverman has been sacked for delivering unpalatable truths, while Call me Dave is back as Foreign Secretary despite having accepted a peerage.
Many of us are dismayed and angry, as one of our best politicians, who has a `Jewish husband, was prepared to take a stand against the mobs and to support Israel.
I cried a bit but am hopeful
This feels like a biblical moment
I think hashem is reminding us we are one family with many different voices and if we just fight internally our enemies will rise up and kill all of us.I pray after we are at peace we learn how to have a family fight with love regardless of secular or Haredi straight or gay or ashkenaz or Sephardi or Russian or Ethiopian or mizrachi just as fellow jews with various backgrounds living once again in a biblical moment in our homeland we all love !
I am a 77 year old American Christian and I do not think there should be any type of cease fire. I am of the firm belief that Israel should totally level Gaza and bulldoze the remains into the sea after all of Hamas and other enemies of Israel are dead. But, I am happy that you are much kinder than I.
The USA should be supporting Israel more than we are. I am ashamed of my nation and the way that our so-called leadership is non-existent.
My God bless the nation of Israel. I look forward to all of His promises for His chosen people being fulfilled.
After consulting with peers I am sorry to report this shall be called the Second War of Attrition.
As for watching the video. Daniel, I think you feel you want to. I would be wary. Think of the story of the Pardes; one went mad, one died, one survived. I saw 2 minutes of some other video, and had to stop. Likely as bad as you think it was, it will be worse.
Daniel, you seemed troubled by our reliance on the USA. I understand we do not want to rely on anyone to defend us. But the strategic alliance with the USA is precisely for situations like this. I think we should be grateful for the work over the years by many governments to create this relationship. NATO, for e.g. was formed to have unity and strength. It is good to have at least one friend.
I was disappointed in Richard Hecht's remarks about the IDF's humanitarian efforts. To paraphrase, with my parenthesis added "For the IDF, humanitarian aid is an operational tool to allow us to pursue our goal of eliminating Hamas by allowing us time to do the job, and (oh by the way) of course It's a Jewish value". Sounded backwards to me, especially for international media consumption, and in general in my reading of the media landscape it always appears that re: Gaza war, Israel is only focused on Humanitarian aid when the U.S. presses, and then it reluctantly agrees. I doubt if this is really true, but it sure seems that way from reading many int. news sources, and not just from the U.S. left wing ones.
Instead of being reactive, the IDF should be proactive, and let the world know what their humanitarian strategy looks like (when possible) at any given moment . Richard Hecht's statement paraphrased above is representative of Israel's continually ineffective hasbara. The govt/IDF Often saying nothing when a statement is called for, or presents brashly when sensitivity and nuance is needed. We have and continue to lose the PR war, and a significant reason is our own ineptitude. This problem has persisted for decades, and continues to persist. Very upsetting!
For the commenter who said the IDF is being "surgical" in its assault, you might want to read the following WHO report:
As ever, thank you.
Please know that Jews the world over are with you at this critical time of survival of Israel and world wide jewelry! חזק ואמץ. יחד ננצחק עם יקר ואהוב
What are the IDF doing about rescuing the Hostages as they are now in Gaza ??