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The accidental deaths of a number of Palestinian children resulting from the Israeli strike against the building in which Hamas terror leader Salah Shehadeh took refuge in the middle of Gaza City was a tragic error. But from the chorus, composed of the self-styled “international community” the U.N., the media, human-rights NGOs, and European desk wise diplomats — Israel’s efforts to defend itself constitute a moral crime of the gravest magnitude. If anyone needed further evidence of the ethical depravity of this chorus, these condemnations provide it.

While portrayed as a deliberate assault against civilians, the strike against Shehadeh was a defensive exercise from Israel, as it continues to try to defend the lives of its citizens. The mistake that led to the civilian deaths was a tactical one: using a one ton
bomb, rather than a smaller and more precise weapon.

Indeed, these groups quickly exploited the tragedy in Gaza, in order to erase the memories of the false cries of “massacre” and “war crimes,” and of their eager repetition of Palestinian lies.

And yet, despite this ethical depravity, Israel will conduct a serious investigation into the fatal decision that led to this tragedy. Morality is not determined by those who scream the loudest or repeat the lies with the greatest frequency, but rather by individuals and nations that cling to a code of conduct that is immune to clichés and cynical manipulation.