What the Breaking the Silence Report Says about the Gaza War–and Doesn’t

Excerpt from my new op-ed in The Forward

Photo by the IDF
Photo by the IDF

In its most recent report , Breaking the Silence does something different — it points its spotlight at the haze of a full-scale military operation, last summer’s Protective Edge incursion into the Gaza Strip and tries to draw from its testimonies bigger lessons about an Israeli army functioning wildly without a clear code of ethics. But rather than clear-sighted, the result of this exercise is confused.

The reason is that Breaking the Silence’s signature activity, that of collecting and publishing testimonies from soldiers, is a good way of dispelling the fog of the occupation for Israeli citizens but not a good way of addressing the tough questions of morality and the practice of just war that this operation, like any conflict between a state and a non-state actor, raises.

Read the complete article on The Forward’s website

1 thought on “What the Breaking the Silence Report Says about the Gaza War–and Doesn’t”

  1. Great points, that BTS is doing good but that we need to know context. Very unusual to hear something so thoughtful on this topic. All I ever hear is vitriol.

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