Israel’s generals decline to attack Palestinian kite crews, claiming “legal constraints”

The IDF is refusing to treat the Palestinian flaming kite and incendiary balloon assault on Israel as terror, although 20 fires rage day by day against a furious population. The nine air strikes the IDF mounted before dawn on June 18 were deliberately directed against Hamas military compounds – not the Palestinians actively producing and aiming the deadly toys. IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott  rejected demands by cabinet ministers to treat this form of wanton arson as terrorism, whose perpetrators should be directly targeted.  He laid the following arguments before the cabinet on Sunday, June 17:

  1. There is a legal problem in defining kites and balloons as weapons which are a threat to life, he explained, creating a precedent: Never before has the IDF called in lawyers before launching a military operation for defending the country and addressing national security concerns. It begs the question: What if an exploding balloon lands on a home in Netivot or Sderot and people are killed or injured? Would the lawyers then take responsibility?
  2. This legal argument sounded especially contrived when considered in the light of the remarks a senior army officer made to the despairing victims watching these “non-weapons” reducing their farmlands and landscape to thousands of dunams of wastelands, while the IDF refused to step in. The officer warned them that a direct assault on the kite and balloon teams in the Gaza Strip would escalate tensions and generate a fresh round of rocket fire. He recalled suffering of the Israeli regions bordering on the Gaza Strip in the past and noted for good measure that the Hamas terror tunnels have not been completely overcome.
  3. The IDF spokesman was enlisted Sunday night to disseminate the following narrative: A direct, intense IDF operation against the balloon and kite crews and their controllers would spark all-out war with the Gaza Strip. And if the local leaders continued to press the army to stop the campaign, they would be responsible. Some generals go so far as to claim that tensions around the Gaza Strip have “eased of late” and the IDF is concerned to avert any more flare-ups. Raging fires in southern Israel are evidently not counted as such.
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42 thoughts on “Israel’s generals decline to attack Palestinian kite crews, claiming “legal constraints”

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 8:25 at 8:25

    What’s next? Israel attacks people with pea shooters?

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:58 at 10:58

      “What’s next? Israel attacks people with pea shooters?”

      @ “Arbeit macht frei”,

      Maybe you should put your “pea shooter” away———–one of the IDF troops firing those warning shots may just get lucky!

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 19:17 at 19:17

      Jihad macht Nakba

      Why would Israel use pea shooters?

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 21:43 at 21:43

      to my make believe nazi friend i lived in germany a town berkenfield 20 km from baumholder i was A JEW AMERICAN US ARMY SGT i took great pleasure in walking the streets banging my shoulder into many men over 50 this was 1980 they were pussy cats little bitches never confronted me to my face most served in www2 for the one testacle hitler
      eat your heart out. watch the news during the next major war drink a beer and see the MIGHTY IDF

      • Jun 18, 2018 @ 23:53 at 23:53

        I wouldn’t try it now. The new generation has no remorse, no respect for Americans and even less for Jews.

        • Jun 19, 2018 @ 3:49 at 3:49

          after i left the army fritz i worked on pert team put down prision riots in max lockup mega state prisions then became a cop loved taking down skinheads and rednecks if you were brought up in bronsville brooklyn in the 60s riots you learn to be a warrior as a kid . add martial arts and boxing the skin heads in europe are not a tenth of what they think when alone. remember a strong jew with killer skills makes you free kepp watching the news the IDF IS READY TO UNLEASH HELL

      • Jun 18, 2018 @ 23:58 at 23:58

        67 and 73 were the glory days. It’s been a very long time and the competition have upgraded their weapon systems. You can’t live on your laurels forever. Time to prove yourself and see if you still have it.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 8:30 at 8:30

    Just stop humanitarian aid crossing from Israel to Gaza until the terror kites end.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 8:31 at 8:31

    Strategic/Tactical Misdirection.
    Drones Shoot
    Them Down Daily.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 8:41 at 8:41

    With the best advise, Israel should take action now.
    Not being a legal expert, especially in Israel, we have a saying that overrides legal restraints, ‘Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6’.
    At some point the battle may continue in the courtroom. But at least Israel will still have a country to fight for.

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:04 at 11:04

      “With the best advise, Israel should take action now.
      Not being a legal expert, especially in Israel, we have a saying that overrides legal restraints, ‘Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6’.
      At some point the battle may continue in the courtroom. But at least Israel will still have a country to fight for.”


      So WELL SAID!

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 9:02 at 9:02

    Pathetic Excuse!!!

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 9:48 at 9:48

    A needle laced with poison is a weapon ;
    A Kite delivering explosive or incendiary device is a weapon ;
    IS the IDF afraid to tackle GAZA even though Obama is no more ?
    IS Israel meant to surrender to UN falsified International Law ?
    OR is the IDF conserving itself for action on Iran??

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:35 at 10:35

      Right on Norbus

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:59 at 10:59

      Screw the legal restraints before some innocent gets killed by these primitive weapons of terror

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:08 at 11:08

      A needle laced with poison is a weapon ;
      A Kite delivering explosive or incendiary device is a weapon ;
      IS the IDF afraid to tackle GAZA even though Obama is no more ?
      IS Israel meant to surrender to UN falsified International Law ?
      OR is the IDF conserving itself for action on Iran??”


      Hopefully, the latter most question is the case!

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:38 at 10:38

    Israel should use anonymous drones to release pig parts over Gaza for each fire started. Start off with a flood of entrails where kites and balloons are launched. Job done!

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:20 at 11:20

      use drones with excess stoks of glyphosate

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:54 at 11:54

    Here’s a hypothetical situation:

    The UN General Assembly was made aware of a shortage of medical grade helium available for use in Gaza hospitals due to supplies being diverted for “other purposes” (not defined) once they enter Gaza.
    Medical grade helium is transported into Gaza from Israel for use in Gaza’s hospitals.
    The UN General Assembly has just condemned Israel for not transporting MORE HELIUM into Gaza.
    The International Human Rights Organization is also considering condemning Israel on humanitarian grounds first, for not transporting more helium into Gaza and second, for all of the fires burning inside of Israeli territory near the Gaza border resulting in a portion of the smoke blowing back into Gaza and adversely affecting the health of the residents there————-a “crime against humanity” on Israel’s part and possibly a war crime based on “international law” to be determined by the Hague in the Netherlands.
    No other details, other than what was directly stated above, are to be considered by any of those international organizations in keeping with their “politically correct” agenda.
    The Arab League has already endorsed these proceedings with Egypt, Jordan and Turkey threatening to cut diplomatic ties with Israel and Syria saying that if they had diplomatic ties with Israel, they would be cutting them too just out of respect for this humanitarian crisis and their respect for the implementation of International Law. Iran, Hezbollah and the “Palestinian Authority” have just now also endorsed these proceedings against Israel.

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 13:19 at 13:19

      While the US has the power of veto in the UN, the liberal rest mentioned are powerless while the republicans are in control of the US. This hypothetical I think is unlikely for now.
      However political powers can only be as good as the next vote. As we have already seen, stranger things can happen.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:57 at 11:57

    It is a sad day when lawyers are given more credance than generals. Israel is falling for the pressure of the left to tie its own hands and sees the rights of Terrortinians to terrorize as important as Israel’s right to live unmolested by Jew-hating murderous and desructive terrorism.

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 12:28 at 12:28

      Israel’s leaders need to take care of business and stamp this problem out for good. Their citizens are suffering. And also to stop worrying about world opinion. Or else they shouldn’t complain that Israel is burning.

      • Jun 18, 2018 @ 13:31 at 13:31

        Ah, yes, world opinion: That opinion is gradually being changed by terrorists who enjoy terrorizing the Israel-bashing EU countries almost as much as they enjoy killing Jews. The EU focus on Tying Israel’s hands to divert our eyes from the conquest they purposely fail to address. The MB have been telling the leftists that there is no connection between Islam and terrorism – and the idiots believe them. Why then is 99.9% of all terrorism being carried out by Muslims or their dupes?

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 14:52 at 14:52

      To Mr. JeSus: You are low dirt, same as your bitch parents.

      • Jun 18, 2018 @ 15:41 at 15:41

        JeSus, what ancient people are you referring to? Palestinians were first recognized as s people less than 10 years ago. Prior to the state of Israel, the term Palestinians only referred to Jews. You’ll find no reference to arabs as such prior to the 1960’s. They are ancient, only in that they’re Arabs, from Arabia. Israel is not their homeland, they are immigrants, besides for those who were originally Jews and forced to convert to Islam. You’re either a liar or unbelievably gullible and talking about things you know nothing about.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 12:50 at 12:50

    The generals are probably correct about the legalities. Doing it without the legal stuff cleared up means that responding to this flavor of terrorism could result in the lawyers substantially degrading the war-fighting abilities of the IDF at a time when that cannot be afforded.

    So the people of Israel need to demand that their “leaders” fix the law, the lawyers, and the courts.

    I’d think a law similar to the following just might help:

    Irregardless of the interpretation of any treaty, agreement, or law by any entity the following is true.

    An attack on people who are legally present within the State of Israel or upon any property within the State of Israel by any individual or group from a location in which police forces of legally empowered Israel governments cannot reasonably intervene will be defined as a military attack or as a terrorist attack.

    In such circumstances the military and intelligence forces of the State of Israel are empowered to take action to either stop or to pre-empt such attacks. The military and intelligence forces will be asked (when consistent with the mission imperatives) to minimize damage to civilians and to civilian properties not involved in either supporting or carrying out the attacks or planned attacks.

    It is understood that there will be unintended casualties and simple errors in judgment or capabilities which result in those casualties will not be punished. Deliberate and knowing attempts to inflict injury or destruction on non-supporting and/or non-involved civilians and properties will be punished.

    I’m no lawyer so I’m sure it could be written better, but the point is that someone(s) needs to step up to protect the Israeli people and their territory.

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 13:25 at 13:25

      You are right, Israel must become less beholden to dumb laws which criminalize legitimate self-defense. Preemptive strikes must be used to take out the terrorists with as much force as needed to prevent such terrorism in the future. Change laws or go into a martial law situation where the IDF is mandated to go on the offense for as long as it takes to wipe out terrorism.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 12:57 at 12:57

    This is why Israel will never have peace. Endless debates about morality are a Jewish addiction. If Russia, China and virtually any other country faced years of rocket attacks, tunnels etc. Gaza would have been razed and it’s population put to the sword long ago. Also, thousands of killers/terrorists were released in ridiculously lopsided deals and under pressure from Obama to induce the P.A. into fruitless negotiations. Israel should have had a death penalty long ago to prevent this insanity. This is not to judge the legitimacy of any “right of return” grievance. It is just an observation that ‘humanity’ concerns will only incite and prolong conflict. Truman must have understood this when he approved the atomic attacks on Japan. Israeli leaders need to (re)read Sun Tzu and Machiavelli. The wars every 2/3 years in Gaza are another indication that fighting with one hand behind the back is stupid. Screw world opinion and do what needs to be done. The Arabs understand that, don’t they?

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 14:32 at 14:32

      Yes, Sun Tzu would have called this situation ‘Stupid Ground’

    • Jun 18, 2018 @ 17:13 at 17:13

      Russia, China and others are not illegally occupying lands, Unlike Israel !!

      • Jun 18, 2018 @ 19:21 at 19:21

        Fake_news AKA CNN, BSNBC, BBC,

        Russia illegally occupies Crimea, China illegally occupies Mongolia.

        • Jun 18, 2018 @ 20:03 at 20:03

          So you confirm that you are illegally occupying Palestine !

          • Jun 18, 2018 @ 20:59 at 20:59

            Fake_news AKA CNN, BSNBC, BBC,

            So you confirm that there were NO Muslims or Mosques in Jerusalem when Jewish Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem – therefore the Jews were there FIRST?

        • Jun 18, 2018 @ 21:40 at 21:40

          …and Tibet.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 14:35 at 14:35

    @ Isaac Hager,

    Agreed. I’ve long contended that all the pseudo – Jewish libtards, those whose loyalty and weltenschaung is given over to the insane, self-destructive agenda of the progressive left, have given up their Jewish identity altogether. Therefore, they should be marched into Gaza and forced to live with the swine they profess to love and respect so much. Let them try to hold hands and sing kumbaya with some Hamas terrorists; methinks the results will be very swift. A) a complete change of heart and lots of libs returning to some semblance of normalcy and real Jewish identity, or b) lots of dead libs.

    Either way, problem solved. 🙂

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 14:55 at 14:55

    I’m sorry, . . . I just do not understand this reasoning for not drone striking the sites as the kites are sent up. It is kinda like poisonous snakes, . . . see em, kill em, . . . sooner or later there are at least less snakes, . . . maybe none.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 17:29 at 17:29

    What are we afraid of? The meraglim made a big mistake not believing in Hashem. Questioning the matana of Eretz Yisroel. Its time to say to the world – this land is ours. Heneinu! Displace the ARABS living in Gaza is the only solution for peace. The world knows they are killers. Or better yet, tell the world the Har Habayit is Ours. Exercise our sovereignty over it and Gaza.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 17:55 at 17:55

    Hamas just declared kite flying is an Olympic sport! and those set on fire is just away to light the Olympic torch.
    The general staff of the IDF just promoted their new pastry chef to a Full colonel and from now on there will be two desserts served with every meal.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 18:58 at 18:58

    Start shooting traitors while the shooting is good and you still have a country.

  • Jun 18, 2018 @ 21:19 at 21:19

    As a military General, he is obligated to follow orders called the chain of command, Avigdor Lieberman then Benjamin Netanyahu, if you do not obey these men you get fired and court marshaled. He should be considered for termination right now, he seems to be flaky and unstable, his oath is to Israel not to the stinians?

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 8:05 at 8:05

    Finally the ‘Israeli’ defence forces generals come out and expose their real allegiances to the united nations and disobey direct orders given by the Israeli government. In G-d I trust to overthrow them since Israeli democracy is A Joke, feel free to ‘vote’ for the candidate who fires them and the Israeli supreme court that violates the rights of Jews repeatedly. Down with the united nations, long live the Jewish nation of Israel.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 14:28 at 14:28

    So the Terrorstinians enjoy setting fire to Israel, destroying land and livelihoods and killing citizens…Hamas use their Terrorstinian children as human shields. A natural response might be to set Gaza ablaze to drive the Terrorstinians out.

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