General Martin Dempsey pointed out that Israel had gone to “extraordinary lengths” to avoid civilian casualties among the “Palestinians.” Instead of agreeing with him or just letting it pass without comment, the State Department’s Jen Psaki actually contradicted Dempsey.
As Pamela Geller points out, “Gen. Dempsey’s opinion echoes another authoritative opinion by British Colonel Richard Kemp, who testified in front of the Goldstone committee (2009) after operation “Cast Lead” and determined that ‘the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone then any other army in the history of warfare…'”
But this fact is buried under tons of “Palestinian” jihad propaganda, eagerly disseminated by the mainstream media, the UN, and Western governments.
According to Haaretz, Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made some helpful and conciliatory comments toward Israel. The nation’s top military officer lauded Israel for going to “extraordinary lengths” to avoid civilian casualties during the latest round of fighting with the Palestinians.
Dempsey’s comments come after unknown figures within the Obama administration blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickensh*t” and a coward. Relations between the U.S. and its ally, already shaky, were made shakier by those comments, and by the administration’s refusal to investigate who made the comments and reprimand them.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked to react to Dempsey’s diplomatic comments during today’s press conference, by the AP’s Matt Lee. Psaki had the choice of agreeing with Gen. Dempsey, refusing to offer an opinion, or disagreeing with him — the latter, carrying the possibility of opening up another argument with Israel.
Psaki chose the latter.
Lee asked Psaki to comment on whether the Obama administration believes that the Israelis lived up to their own “high standards” on civilian casualties.
Psaki undiplomatically replied, “It remains the broad view of this administration that they could’ve done more. And they shouldv’e taken feasible precautions to prevent more civilian casualties.”…