söndag 13 december 2015

Israel får gott betyg för Gazakriget 2014

En grupp höga officerare från flera demokratiska väststater har undersökt Israels agerande under kriget mot Hamas i Gaza sommaren 2014.
Man kan sammanfatta deras utlåtande med att de säger att inga av västmakternas arméer skulle ha kunnat agera på ett bättre sätt för att skydda civilbefolkningen än vad Israels armé gjorde. IDF gjorde vid flera tillfällen mera än vad lagstiftning och överenskommelser om hur man skall agera i krig kräver säger medlemmar i gruppen.
Medlemmar i gruppen var bl.a.:
Gen. Klaus Dieter Naumann, who was the former chief of staff of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, and served as chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 1996 to 1999.
Gen. Vincenzo Camporini, who is the former Italian chief of defense, and ex-deputy chief of defense general staff. He later served as chief of staff of the Italian Air Force, as well as chief of defense general staff.
 Lt.-Gen. David A. Deptula is a former three-star general in the US Air Force with extensive operational experience. Deptula was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He served as director of the Combined Air Operations Center in Afghanistan and as the first deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Air Force Headquarters.
Medlemmar fanns också från Spanien, Australien, Storbritannien,Frankrike,Indien och Colombia.

Security and defense: The IDF's 'exceeded standards' of war rules  (Jerusalem Post)
 “We can further be categorically clear that Israel’s conduct in the 2014 Gaza Conflict met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards we set for our own nations’ militaries. It is our view that Israel fought an exemplary campaign, adequately conceived with appropriately limited objectives, displaying both a very high level of operational capability as well as a total commitment to the Law of Armed Conflict,” the report said. “The IDF not only met its obligations under the Law of Armed Conflict, but often exceeded these on the battlefield at significant tactical cost, as well as in the humanitarian relief efforts that accompanied its operation.

“Where the high standards of conduct the IDF sets for its personnel have not been met, incidents are investigated, including criminal investigations, through an independent mechanism under the oversight of the democratic institutions of the State of Israel. This mechanism clearly meets the requirements of legal recourse, judicial independence and democratic oversight that our own nations set for ourselves,” the authors said."

 "Following a months-long investigation into the 50-day conflict, the High Level Military Group — made up of retired generals and defense officials from Germany, Colombia, India, Spain, Australia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Italy — found that Israel not only abided by the laws of armed conflict, but far surpassed their requirements, despite damning reports by the UN and non-governmental organizations that accused the IDF of potential war crimes."

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