Israeli Operation Protective Edge report defends actions of IDF

Report comes as UN Human Rights Council working on own report; 44% of casualties reported as terrorists or connected to Hamas/terror cells in Gaza Strip

Tunnel discovered by the IDF during Operatio Protective Edge (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Tunnel discovered by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Details of Israel’s government-sanctioned report on Operation Protective Edge over the summer of 2014 were released to the public Sunday evening. The 277-page report will be presented to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 29.

The report’s focus is on Israel’s efforts and extended actions to prevent civilian causalities, Israel’s actions in protecting herself and Hamas human rights violations as well as terror attacks against the State of Israel (specifically rocket attacks, terror tunnels and the use of UN schools and facilities for weapon launching sites and storage as well as the use of human shields).

The reports sites “4,500 rockets and mortars” shot at Israeli citizens with a total of 15,rockets fired into Israel since 2000, with a total of 1,265 Israelis killed by Hamas related terror since 2000.

It states that, “Hamas fired over 15,200 rockets and mortars at Israeli citizens covering some 70 percent of Israel’s population; Hamas dug at least 32 tunnels which cross the border between Gaza and Israel, meant to commit terror attacks against Israeli population centers,” the report states. Therefor, Israel’s decision to launch a large-scale military operation against Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip as part of the ongoing armed conflict these organizations led was justified according to international law.”

The report sites 90% of casualties prevented since Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel through Egypt on August 24.

The report consists of research, investigation, data gathering, interviews with Palestinians and IDF soldiers and military accounts for all military actions within the Gaza Strip during the Operation. Content analysis of media reports from Israel and the Strip were also part of the report.

During Operation Protective Edge, a reported 2,125 Palestinians were killed. Israel reports that 44% of those killed were identified as either belonging to Hamas or other terrorist organizations within the Gaza Strip, armed militants or isolated culprits of terror attacks on Israel.

A copy of the report will be sent to the Human Right’s Council ahead of its presentation on the 29th.

The Palestinian Authority continues its press for war crime charges against Israel through the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The Human Rights Council is planning a report of its own, Prime Minister stating Sunday morning that Israel “will act everywhere and as necessary in order to contend with false claims and anti-Israel initiatives” stating that the reading of the upcoming UN Human Rights Council report would be nothing short of a “waste of time”.

He stated that Israel’s efforts and action to create its own report as a “preemptive” move, stating that, “this report is especially important because the State of Israel is under an unprecedented de-legitimization attack. This attack is not relevant, it’s political. Its goal is to tarnish the State of Israel, and we intend to respond to this attack… We will act wherever we need to for as long as we need to in order to deal with false claims and anti-Israeli initiatives.”