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Israeli officials claim that they are left with no other option but to launch strikes in Gaza, where Hamas fighters, estimated to be around 30,000, are embedded within the 2.2 million civilian population and store weapons in or under civilian sites. They accuse Hamas of intentionally targeting Israeli civilians.

President Biden and his aides have avoided suggesting publicly that Israel may be violating laws of war. The State Department continues to approve weapon sales to Israel without making any legal assessments, despite earlier pledges to investigate civilian casualties involving American-made weapons.

According to Israel, defeating their enemy without causing civilian casualties is impossible, a concept they believe Americans and their allies should comprehend.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel referenced the 1945 bombing of a school in Copenhagen by the Royal Air Force, emphasizing that tragic consequences are a part of legitimate acts of war. Israeli officials also compared their actions to American military operations in Falluja in 2004 and Mosul from 2016 to 2017.

During Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s visits to Israel, Israeli officials also referenced the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when justifying their actions.

Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, compared Israel’s “ratio” of Hamas fighters to civilian casualties to NATO and other Western forces in previous military campaigns.

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