Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:
"The international community has pressed us to give cement to Gaza to build schools, hospitals, homes. And now we see what has happened to those deliveries of cement. They have not been used to build kindergartens, but to build a tunnel that penetrates our territory so that Hamas can blow up our kindergartens and murder our children."
If Israel truly wanted genocide, this would’ve been over decades ago. That’s an uncomfortable truth for a lot of academics and Israel haters, and an even moreso uncomfortable truth for a media that relies on this story being reported as a battle of two sides who equally want to kill, destroy, and eliminate each other. We’re often told about Israel’s nuclear arsenal, their powerful army and airforce, and their overwhelming numbers. What’s not talked about is their clear restraint, even when faced daily with an onslaught of people who cheer when a mall, bus, disco, or pizzeria blows up and kills nothing but innocent people.