Spokesman for the PA in Ramallah, Ihab Bseiso, calls Israel’s report on its Gaza attack in 2014 “a denial of its actions during the war,” Middle East Confidential reports.
The report, released Sunday, was prepared by Israel’s Foreign and Justice Ministries in collaboration with the military and the National Security Council. It came out just a few weeks before the official U.N. report on the Gaza attack is expected to be released.
The 200 page Israeli report stated that the IOF targeted people and infrastructures with “reasonable certainty,” admitting that civilians were sometimes victims but added that it was an “unfortunate– yet lawful — incidental effect of legitimate military action in the vicinity of civilians and their surroundings,” Middle East Confidential quotes.
More than 2,200 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and 73 Israelis, most of them soldiers, lost their lives during the attack.
The report stated that “Israel did not intentionally target civilians or civilian objects” and accuses militant groups of hiding among civilians and using their residences to launch attacks on them during the war. In a bid to justify its actions, Israel stated that “much of what may have appeared to external parties to be indiscriminate harm to civilians or purely civilian objects was in fact legitimate attacks against military targets that merely appear civilian but were actually part of the military operations of these terrorist organizations.”
Spokesman Bseiso criticized the report saying “Israel’s decision to deny having targeted civilians in Gaza is the logical extension of what it did in the Gaza Strip.”
Bseiso said the one-sided report will not be accepted by Palestine. Instead, the authorities are awaiting the results of the upcoming U.N. Human Rights Council report on June 29.