Shalom Life | November 22, 2014

Ron Dermer: Give the IDF A Nobel Peace Prize

‘Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live,’ says the Israeli Ambassador to the US in a statement Tuesday

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 22nd, 2014 in News » Israel

In an address at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said that the IDF deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for its "unimaginable restraint" in Gaza.

Dermer was often interrupted by hecklers as he delivered his speech, but it did not phase him even for a moment, as most in attendance gave him a warm reception after calling out Iran for being a "Great Evil," and also the United Nations and other human rights groups that, whether purposefully or inadvertently, have been supporting Hamas.

The UNRWA, for example, has been accused of handing twenty rockets they found underneath a school back to "local authorities" in Gaza, which is Hamas.

“Some are shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and would put us in the dock for war crimes,” Dermer said. “But the truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”

Dermer's statement comes a day after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the IDF the "most humane and bravest army in the world."

"I will not accept, and no one should accept, criticism of Israel for acting with restraint that has not been shown and would not be shown by any nation on earth," Dermer continued. "I especially will not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.”

To the hecklers who interrupted him, Dermer said "There is a section for moral idiots at the back of the room."

“Israel did not have to send its soldiers into many of the places they are fighting today. We could have given people time to evacuate these areas — which we did anyway — and then bombed from the air all the buildings that were being used by fighters to store and fire weapons. But we didn’t. As we have done time after time, we are sending our soldiers into this hornet’s nest of Palestinian terror that is booby-trapped with mines and riddled with subterranean tunnels.”

With roughly over 600 Gazan casualties since the start of Operation Protective Edge, while Israel has lost some 28 soldiers as of Tuesday (with one soldier presumed missing), Israel has been condemned and criticized all over the world, from France to Ireland to Chile and Germany, where pro-Palestinian demonstrations have continued to take place.

Addressing such criticism, Dermer said that Israel does not deserve the international community's condemnation, but admiration, as never before has an army taken such precautions to ensure innocents are protected.

He also mentioned the "moral difference" between Israel and Hamas, something Bill Maher reflected on in a recent episode of HBO's Real Talk.

“It is a battle between a compassionate country that’s dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages to save Palestinian civilians, and a brutal terror organization that uses hospitals as military command centers, manufactures rockets next to mosques and turns UN schools into weapons depots,” said Dermer.

Hamas is “doing everything to put Palestinian civilians into harm’s way – by ignoring IDF warnings to evacuate, by forcing Palestinians to serve as human shields, and by placing missile batteries next to playgrounds, hospitals and homes,” he added. “And you know why Hamas is doing this? It’s not only because of the evil they represent – and it may not be politically correct, but they are evil. After all, an organization that is capable of producing scores of suicide bombers doesn’t care a whit about Palestinian civilians losing their lives."

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