One of the favourite weapons of Israel’s opponents (when they aren’t using rockets, missiles and bombs) is to accuse it in the court of public opinion of using “disproportionate force” in its response to the attacks on it. Besides the fact that this argument makes no sense (would you expect a person punched in the face to punch his attacker in the exact same spot on his face? Or would you expect him to deliver a knock-out blow to prevent a recurrence?) the accusation does not stand up to scrutiny of international law, despite Israel’s opponents’ fervent wishes.
Eli E. Hertz at Myths and Facts explains this thesis in Proportionality and Collective Punishment:
Israel is often portrayed in the media, by Western leaders, human rights activists and the many different organs of the United Nations as inflicting disproportionate and collective punishment on many Palestinian…
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