Israeli Interior Minister: “The Goal of the Operation Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”, “Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”

Is Israel Trying to Bomb Gaza Back to the Dark Ages?

We noted Friday that Israel is bombing Gaza back to the stone age to get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – claims credit for attacks against Israel.

In response, several commenters accused us of exaggerating the brutality of Israel’s bombing campaign.

But as we noted in 2012, during the last major attack by Israel on Gaza:

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said:

We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads & water.

Or as Haaretz puts it:

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages ….”

Destroying civilian infrastructure is – of course – a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

The following are also war crimes under the Geneva Convention:

  • The indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force
  • Collective punishment for the acts of a few
  • Targeting civilians


Indeed, the UN has repeatedly found Israeli’s actions in Gaza to be a war crime. See this, this and this.

The same year, Gilad Sharon – the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – wrote an Op-Ed in the Jerusalem Post saying:

We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

“There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

This time around, the New York Times reports that Israel has bombed a mosque in Gaza, a policeman’s house, and a clinic for the disabled … killing 2 residents and a caretaker. There are numerous reports of women and children killed in bombed out apartment buildings and homes. But Hamas rockets have not killed a single Israeli.

Many observers allege that Israel is intentionally targeting essential infrastructure such as water supplies.

And a Norwegian doctor working in Gaza (Dr. Eric Fosse) says that everyone he’s treated at the hospital has been a civilian – with many children – that it appears that civilians are being intentionally targeted, and that DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosives) are being used by Israel:

As Wikipedia notes, DIME is carcinogenic:

The carcinogenic effects of heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTA) have been studied by the U.S. Armed Forces since at least the year 2000 (along with depleted uranium (DU)). These alloys were found to cause neoplastic transformations of human osteoblast cells.

A more recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study in 2005 found that HMTA shrapnel rapidly induces rhabdomyosarcoma in rats.

The tungsten alloy carcinogenicity may be most closely related to the nickel content of the alloys used in weapons to date. However, pure tungsten and tungsten trioxide are also suspected of causing cancer and other toxic properties, and have been shown to have such effects in animal studies.

In 2009, a group of Italian scientists affiliated with the watchdog group New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC) pronounced DIME wounds “untreatable” because the powdered tungsten cannot be removed surgically.

And as the Jewish Daily Forward reports:

The United Nations human rights chief on Friday voiced serious doubts that Israeli’s military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians ….

International law requires Israel to take all measures to ensure that its attacks are proportional, distinguish between military and civilian objects, and avoid civilian casualties, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.

“We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes. Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” Pillay said in a statement.

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  • Undecider

    This issue will never go away because they’ll never be able to exterminate the Palestinian population. Israel needs to stop this madness.

    • geroge

      We will when the arabs stop lobbing rockets at us.

      • Soaring Hawk

        Ah you sound like the white europeans that annihilated my native american ancestors.

        “We will stop when the Indians stop lobbing arrows at us.”

        Ever stop to think why they fight back in the first place? The Palestinian culture is decimated, their land is gone, they are backed into a corner. My ancestors fought back with every ounce of their will and I see in the very struggle of Palestinians.

        Seeing as Israel was setup by U.S. and U.K. Imperialists to inject endemic racism and right-wingers into that land, it doesn’t come as any surprise that these racist rulers have learned very well from U.S. History on How To Eradicate Natives. Israel’s version of European arrogant “Manifest Destiny.”

        Before WW2, both Palestinians and Jewish people lived in absolute peace, it is a true historical fact. Even today Jewish people that try to help Palestiians are harassed, just as white Europeans were harassed for “going native” in the U.S. Then along came right-wing Zionists, backed by U.S. Imperialists to shake up the MIddle East with the goal of resource stealing. Classic Colonialism.

        Were the Palestinians the one that murdered Jewish people in WW2? Nope. But they received the iron hand and endemic racism soon spread across the region. Non racist Jewish and Palestinians suffered and still suffer.

        • Johnny Palestine

          Not true. Arab Muslims know nothing of peace. There was a massacre of Jews in 1929. Muslims love to kill and hate. If they cannot kill Jews, they will kill Christians, if they will not kill Christians, they will kill Muslims.

          • Viva Palestina

            Jews have worn out their welcome everywhere they’ve gone throughout all recorded history because most of them are psychopaths like “Johnny”.

          • Anon Ymous

            Muslims have worn out their welcome everywhere they’ve gone throughout all
            recorded history because most of them are psychopaths like “Viva Palestina”.

          • QuestionItAll

            Sorry there Johnny boy, hate to burst your bubble – Zionists are the masters of bringing death and destruction to the entire world.

          • Anon Ymous

            You are a racist anti-Semite.

            Anti-Zionists are the masters of bringing death and destruction to the world.

          • QuestionItAll

            “A racist anti-semite…” How creative! Did you come up with that all by yourself? BLAH BLAH BLAH! If you had a brain you just might make sense. Seriously, is that the best you can come up with? You are beyond sad!

          • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

            you are rude

          • QuestionItAll

            And you’re a fucking gullible tool!

        • DHS2020

          Thank you.

        • Anon Ymous

          Except that Jews are the indigenous people of Israel, and the Palestinian Arabs are settler-colonists from Arabia.

          • QuestionItAll

            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ brainwashed dreamer! Lives in a fantasy world!

        • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

          Israel can’t lose, they have the promise and backing of God.

          • QuestionItAll

            What are you like 5 years old? How’s that Easter Bunny working for you? Oh, and Santa, too?

      • LeseMajeste


        Uhhh, then let’s send the…oops, wrong idea…

        • Anon Ymous

          They are illegal settler-colonists from Arabia. They came to Israel to spread Islamic imperialism.

          • Stephen Ballantine

            nonsense- arabs were there well before Islam. Are you tired of being wrong all the time…..

      • Robert Barsocchini

        Is that why you break far more cease fires than Palestine?

      • Robert Barsocchini

        Is that why you break far more cease fires than Palestine?

        • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

          That’s bs there, hamas broke the cease fires

          • Robert Barsocchini

            “Hamas observes the ceasefire, as Israel concedes, while Israel continues to violate it. Then it’s broken by an Israeli escalation, Hamas reaction. Then you have period of “mowing the lawn.” – Noam Chomsky


            Not even Israel tries to say Hamas breaks the ceasefires. Because they can’t say it. The reality is too obvious. You have to be really uninformed or just not care at all (or be a shameless propagandist) to avoid knowing this.

            But apart from the smaller picture, Gaza is a prison for refugees who were driven there by Israeli ethnic cleansing. That was the breaking of the ceasefire. Retaliation is allowed. To say otherwise is so absurd it’s like saying the earth is flat. Indiscriminate weapons, of course, are not allowed, but Israel uses them against the refugee prison even though, unlike Hamas, they have discriminate weapons.

            Update: I just noticed, below, that you said this, regarding Israel someday being brought to justice:

            “Oh no they won’t, not according to bible prohecy by the way which has been accurately predicted.”

            So I see what I am dealing with, here. Please go ahead and take the last word to say whatever you want.

  • Jaka

    Who Sows The Wind, Reaps The Storm

  • Eol Awki

    Israel will pay for this someday.

    • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

      Oh no they won’t, not according to bible prohecy by the way which has been accurately predicted.

  • george

    “Hamas rockets have not killed a single Israeli.” Well, gosh, carry on hamas.

    • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

      Why do think think that is? Ever read the Bible? God is with the Jews.

      • Stephen Ballantine

        So they won’t be need the Iron Dome and USD140 billion in military aid then…..

  • Sean

    This is taken out of context – it was said during the election period 2 years ago.
    Israel keeps sending fuel, food, and supplies water and electricity to Gaza. In fact, Israel supplies electricity to Gaza in spite of a $80M debt.
    You really need to get your facts straight.

    • Dave

      No, it says that the quote is from 2012. There is no factual inaccuracy. Gaza might not have so much debt if Israel didn’t have an incredible level of control over their economy

    • Jonathan Pollard

      Shawn: If it wasn’t for ethics that encourage stealing, killing and begging, Israel would not be occupying Palestine, killing Palestinians or getting a $5 billion+ yearly handout from the USA.

    • LOL

      Isra-hell HAS BEEN stealing water and natural resources from the Palestinians since day one!
      Why can an Israeli use 70 cubic liters of water daily and a Palestinian only 17?

    • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

      Thank Sean, they are ignorant.

  • cstahnke

    There is no such thing as international law–only the law made by those holding the best weapons.

  • LeseMajeste

    July 15 is the start of a Jewish high holy day called “Tisha
    B’Av and the 3 Weeks,” which means the IDF invasion of Gaza will start in earnest on that date.
    It’s amazing that Israel can commit war crimes with impunity, as if the Palestinians were subhuman, which is the kind of thinking that starts world wars.
    And keep you eye on the “Levant Gas Field,” lying just off the coast of Gaza, which Israel wants for its own, a good enough excuse for Mammonites to murder and steal.

    • Johnny Palestine

      Nobody cares about Gaza. People are sick of hearing of it. Op CARTHAGE Day 07. No Western government is pressuring to stop. NOBODY CARES!!

  • Johnny Palestine

    I certainly hope so! The madness is the policy of Islam to hate, hate and hate. 167 deaths in Palestine?? 171,000 deaths in Syria and Washingtons Blog could not give a%?*(!!. The madness is that given the dense population in Gaza, why choose war knowing that so many Muslims will be killed so easily. Madness = Islam.

    No deaths in Israel because in Israel, weapons protect people. In Gaza, people protect weapons!!!

    • LOL

      Keep talking. The World is waking up to you bigots. “Chosen people” are a bunch of racist half-blooded Jews. Even Moses cursed the children of Israel for their disobedience

      • Anon Ymous

        “Half-blooded Jews.”
        Thanks for perfectly demonstrating how evil and racist you anti-Zionists (a.k.a. anti-Semites) are.

        • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

          Who wouldn’t we racist towards a people that rapes, and kills children. Israel will prevail in the end. Bible prophecy coming true right before our eyes. Awesome!
          Radical Muslims are sick!

      • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

        That’s right, and God always comes back to his people and they are victorious.

  • Essie Little

    May the angels of Father GOD protect the people from the slaughter being placed on them. This is whats happens when a people are unarmed and the bullies have all the weapons. They are not David with a slingshot.Hamas is made and controlled by Israel,US and NATO, just as 9/11 was designed and carried out by the same thugs masquerading as governments of decent honest citizens . They create the problem and they use it to further the evil they planned all along. This are demons in the flesh there is nothing human about them just the flesh that covers their evil spirits.

  • Hugh Beaumont

    So Gaza’s going back to the Middle Ages? They’d probably be happier, because in those times the Jews were in Spain.

  • Suzy Sullivan-Pertle

    hamas used those civilians as shields, shooting there rockets off from schools.