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Opinion: The Case Against Israel Rests on Lies

By Isaac Herzog

In the complex web of international relations, truth often becomes entangled in political agendas and distorted narratives. The recent accusations against Israel by South Africa at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) serve as a stark example of this troubling trend. As Israel faces allegations of genocide, one particular distortion of truth has emerged, shedding light on the broader challenges of justice and reality in the modern world.


At the heart of this issue lies a quote attributed to an Israeli official, taken out of context and grossly misrepresented in South Africa's presentation to the ICJ. This quote, extracted from a news conference held shortly after a devastating terrorist attack by Hamas, was twisted to imply Israeli complicity in civilian deaths. The context of the quote, however, reveals a different story.


The news conference, held amidst the aftermath of a brutal terrorist act that claimed the lives of innocent Israelis and left hundreds more in captivity, was intended to address international journalists. Yet, instead of focusing on the victims of terrorism, the journalists were fixated on the potential repercussions for Palestinians in Gaza – the very territory from which the terrorists had originated.


What emerged from this distortion was an attempt to frame Israel as the aggressor, responsible for violence against civilians. However, the reality is far more nuanced. The terrorist attack on October 7 saw not only the brutal slaughter of innocent Israelis but also the participation of Palestinian civilians in acts of murder, rape, and looting. Videos captured Palestinians celebrating the massacre and attacking hostages as they were led away.


Amidst this chaos, the Israeli official emphasized the distinction between innocent civilians and combatants, reaffirming Israel's commitment to international law and the protection of civilian life. However, these words were twisted to fit a narrative of Israeli aggression and intent to commit genocide.


The truth, obscured by political agendas and distorted narratives, is that Israel is engaged in a defensive struggle against an explicitly genocidal enemy. The civilian casualties in Gaza, tragic though they may be, are a consequence of Hamas's use of human shields and deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians.


Despite this, humanitarian aid continues to reach Gaza, underscoring Israel's commitment to upholding humanitarian principles even in the midst of conflict. However, the plight of Israeli hostages held by Hamas remains a pressing concern, often overlooked in the international discourse.


The case presented by South Africa, in support of Hamas, represents a dangerous departure from moral clarity and truth. It is a blood libel against the nation-state of the Jewish people, perpetuating falsehoods and undermining the vision of international justice that emerged from the ashes of the Holocaust.


In the face of such distortions, it is imperative that the international community uphold the principles of truth and justice, refusing to succumb to political agendas and cynical narratives. The repercussions of abandoning these ideals extend far beyond Israel, threatening the integrity of the international legal system and the pursuit of a more just world.

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