And here is a transcript of the above video:
“I think Israel has very little choice other than to carry on with its military
operations until it reaches the conclusion it needs which is to stop Hamas from
firing rockets at its people in its territory.
“It has set out on this operation to do that and the civilian and military
deaths on all sides of course are absolutely tragic. But Israel doesn’t have any
choice apart from defending its own people.
“Until such arrangements are in place, not just for Hamas to accept that they
must stop attacking Israel territory, but also that any such agreement is
enforced. Until those arrangements (are enforced) Israel has no choice but to
completely dominate the area.
“I think – I would say that from my knowledge of the IDF and from the extent to
which I have been following the current operation, I don’t think there has ever
been a time in the history of warfare when any army has made more efforts to
reduce civilian casualties and deaths of innocent people than the IDF is doing
today in Gaza.
“When you look at the number of civilian casualties that have been caused, that
perhaps doesn’t sound too credible – I would accept that.
“However, Hamas, the enemy they have been fighting, has been trained extensively
by Iran and by Hezbollah, to fight among the people, to use the civilian
population in Gaza as a human shield.
“Hamas factor in the uses of the population as a major part of their defensive
plan. So even though as I say, Israel, the IDF, has taken enormous steps - and I
can tell you about some of those if you’re interested - to reduce civilian
casualties, it is impossible, it is impossible to stop that happening when the
enemy has been using civilians as a human shield.
Interviewer: (“But what about) the criticism of UN eyewitnesses who talk about a
house where people were advised to move for safety and 24 hours later it was
bombed by Israel?”
“Well of course I can’t really comment on the detail of that – I don’t have any
of the facts available on that. And I have no doubt that any allegations like
that will be looked into very seriously by Israel.
Of course, the Israel Army operates under a strict code of conduct and are
answerable to the Israeli government and the Israeli courts. And if it turned
out that there was a deliberate crime committed I have no doubt that the people
would be held to account. They would be answerable to an Israeli court.
“But of course, it’s not just a matter of the IDF trying to prevent casualties
in a situation where the enemy is using them as a shield, but it’s also ... war
“The whole nature of war, any military commander will tell you this, war is
chaos. War is full of mistakes. There’s friction all over the place and if you
just take for example the way we operate in Afghanistan and in Iraq, we operate
– our British forces operate in Afghanistan and in Iraq - there have been
innumerable mistakes by the British, the American and by all the forces. These
things do happen, it’s a real tragedy but it’s just what happens when you go to
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