US Demands Israel ‘Responsibility’ for Killing of 16-Year-Old

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After a lengthy investigation by the IDF, Israel concluded that the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was “probably” caused by an Israeli soldier, but that there was “no intent” to kill her. And, indeed, it would have made no sense for the IDF to deliberately kill a journalist, which would only have brought worldwide condemnation of the Jewish state (condemnation which, despite its conclusion that the killing was a mistake, Israel has received). . At first, the Biden administration accepted the Israeli findings and announced them publicly, but then, in a very peculiar twist, announced more than a month later that it would be conducting its own investigation into Abu’s death after all. Akleh, a clear insult to the Israeli researchers whose findings, once accepted by the Bidenites, were now being questioned. Israel was naturally disturbed by this change on the part of the Bidenites, but there was nothing they could do except accept this second US investigation into the death of Abu Akleh.

Now comes a second insult from the Bidenites to America’s closest ally. During a firefight in Jenin, one of two terrorist hotspots, the other being Nablus, IDF soldiers were in a firefight with Palestinian gunmen who were shooting at them from rooftops. The IDF returned fire, and on one of those rooftops, an IDF soldier shot a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who had been recklessly watching the battle. That shooting took place during the famous “fog of war,” when it’s not always clear where, or who exactly, the shots are coming from. No civilian should have been on a rooftop during that shooting, let alone remain on a rooftop when the Palestinians were shooting from those rooftops at the IDF troops below. It is certain that the Israelis would never have deliberately shot a 16-year-old girl; the IDF goes to great lengths to minimize civilian casualties, such as when, before an airstrike hits a target where Hamas has concealed weapons, rocket launchers, fighters, and command and control centers, Israel uses emails, phone calls, and “knock -on “the ceiling” to warn civilians to leave targets about to be hit. No other military in the world makes such efforts to warn civilians. Not surprisingly, Colonel Richard Kemp, a British officer who served in five wars, has called the IDF “the most moral army in the world.”

After the death of the 16-year-old girl, the Israelis took ownership of her murder, detailed the circumstances of her death and promised a full investigation.

That should have been the end of the matter. The US government should have declared itself “satisfied” to await the results of Israel’s investigation into the death of 16-year-old Jana Zakarna.

But that was not what happened. Instead, behaving as if he had the right to lecture Israel on what it “should do,” the Bidenites told Israel, treating it as an American satrap and not a sovereign state, that Israel must “take responsibility.” But by then Israel had already completed an initial review and had said there was a “high probability” that an IDF soldier had been responsible for Jana Zakarna’s death; there was clearly no intention on Israel’s part to shirk responsibility from him. The American demand was unnecessary and demeaning to Israel, indicating that the Bidenites were not satisfied with Israel’s explanation thus far. Why not? Does Israel have a history of lying and evading responsibility? No, she does not.

“US Demands Israel Accountable for Teen’s Death in IDF Jenin Operation,” Jerusalem Post, December 13, 2022:

The United States called on Israel late Monday to take responsibility for the shooting the day before that killed a 16-year-old Palestinian girl during gunfire between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli forces in Jenin.

The IDF said an initial review of the incident found a “high probability” that Jana Zakarneh was killed by accidental fire by IDF soldiers aimed at armed Palestinians during the battle.

Additionally, the review found that the 16-year-old was likely on a roof near other roofs. [sic] where gunmen specifically fired at IDF soldiers doing their best to return fire amid the “fog of battle”.

However, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the United States “expects accountability in this case.”

We express our deep condolences to the family of Jana Zakarna, the young teenager who was murdered,” Price responded. “It is a heartbreaking incident every time you hear that a civilian has been killed in this type of [military] operations.

The IDF said it “expresses regret at the death of any civilian, even those who are positioned in the middle of the battle and the rounds of fire from both sides.”

Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed condolences over Zakarna’s murder. The prime minister reaffirmed that the IDF investigation is at a preliminary stage, adding that he is confident that IDF soldiers and security officials will continue to do everything possible to avoid harming uninvolved civilians.

When Ned Price said that the United States “expects accountability in this case,” he was making an unnecessary and insulting statement. He casts doubt (“this time we hope to see Israel’s accountability because last time we didn’t”) about Israel’s good faith. The implication of the words “in this case” could be taken as a reference to the Abu Akleh case, where the Bidenites imply that Israel did not bear enough “responsibility.” This is flatly false, and the Bidenites had originally declared themselves satisfied with the results of Israel’s own investigation, only to back down under pressure from the Palestinians and their “progressive” supporters in Washington, announcing that the FBI would now lead Conduct your own investigation. research. When Price says that the United States “expects to see responsibility” in this case, he implies that there are reasons to doubt Israel’s “responsibility” in previous cases.

Instead of Ned Price saying that “the United States expects accountability in this case,” he should have said this: “Israel has conducted an initial review of the incident and we must await the results of its final investigation before commenting further. The Israel Defense Forces have expressed their sorrow over the death of Jana Zakarna, as have we.”

That would strike the right note of confidence in Israel’s investigation and of a shared grief over the death of the sixteen-year-old girl who, for reasons known only to her, was left on a rooftop amid rooftops full of gunmen. shoot and get shot.

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