Reference to Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Envoy replies

Reference to Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Envoy replies

While I wholeheartedly agree with deputy editor Zuraidah Ibrahim that the general Muslim community should not be tarred by the same brush for the unlawful and cruel acts by terror organisations ("ISIS commits the great name robbery"; Sunday), I was shocked by this sentence,

"Jewish citizens of faraway countries are not asked to clarify where they stand when the Israeli military, displaying the Star of David, massacres women and children in Palestine."

The lack of context and distortion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict demonstrate a one-sided view of the conflict.

A massacre refers to the deliberate, indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people. The current situation in Syria can be referred to as a massacre. The mindless killings in Nigeria can be referred to as a massacre. The brutality of the Khmer Rouge was a massacre. But it is shocking to refer to Israel's right to protect its nation and people as a massacre.

Every country has a duty to defend itself, and this principle is enshrined in international law. We are operating against only terrorist targets, and genuinely regret any civilian loss. No nation would tolerate daily rocket attacks on its citizens - and Israel should not be expected to either. Throughout Operation Protective Edge and Israel's previous operations, the State has been committed to upholding international law.

Yael Rubinstein

Israeli Ambassador to Singapore

This article was first published on October 8, 2014.
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