Amira Hass, writing in Haaretz, notes there is a tendency on the part of Israeli leaders to admit to minor mistakes, but immediately deny their troops did anything wrong, and, if they did, what about your mistakes! A soldier contacted Haaretz to deny a story from a Palestinian woman that IDf forces killed her husband and child, and added, the only mistake made by the IDA was to scrawl “stupid things on the wall, and that’s really not right.” If there are photo of civilians being killed in Gaza, the response is the photographs were doctored, if Judge Richard Goldstone was competent to work for the International Criminal Court on major cases in Yugoslavia or Rwanda, the truth is he is nothing but an anti-semite.
As Hass notes, “we Israelis continue thinking it’s the world that is wrong, and only we who are right.” Yes, that is the problem. The wise policy is to not just to admit mistakes, but to take immediate action to punish those who violated the rules of war –even before any UN investigation began.
The world frequently treats Israel in an unfair manner. But, that does not translate into Israel always being right.