"We have the most moral army in the world," declared Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak earlier this week.
His troops say otherwise.
In reports from Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Maariv, we now learn that a lethal combination of racism and indiscipline was unleashed upon the terrorized population of Gaza during the Israeli assault.
Here are a couple of highlights, from actual members of the most moral army in the world.
Aviv: "One of our officers, a company commander, saw someone coming on some road, a woman, an old woman. She was walking along pretty far away, but close enough so you could take out someone you saw there. If she were suspicious, not suspicious - I don't know. In the end, he sent people up to the roof, to take her out with their weapons. From the description of this story, I simply felt it was murder in cold blood."
Zamir: "I don't understand. Why did he shoot her?"
Aviv: "That's what is so nice, supposedly, about Gaza: You see a person on a road, walking along a path. He doesn't have to be with a weapon, you don't have to identify him with anything and you can just shoot him. With us it was an old woman, on whom I didn't see any weapon. The order was to take the person out, that woman, the moment you see her."
Ram: One mother and her two children didn't understand and went to the left, but they forgot to tell the sharpshooter on the roof they had let them go, and it was was okay and he should hold his fire and he ... he did what he was supposed to, like he was following his orders."
Question from the audience: "At what range was this?"
Ram: "Between 100 and 200 meters, something like that. They had also came out of the house that he was on the roof of, they had advanced a bit and suddenly he saw then, people moving around in an area where they were forbidden to move around. I don't think he felt too bad about it, because after all, as far as he was concerned, he did his job according to the orders he was given. [Emphases added]
There are more accounts to come.
[H/t Marie Ève and reader ajsuhail]